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Eldorado Analysis

Author: poem of Edgar Allan Poe Type: poem Views: 368

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   Gaily bedight,

   A gallant knight,

In sunshine and in shadow,

   Had journeyed long,

   Singing a song,

In search of Eldorado.

   But he grew old--

   This knight so bold--

And o'er his heart a shadow

   Fell as he found

   No spot of ground

That looked like Eldorado.

   And, as his strength

   Failed him at length,

He met a pilgrim shadow-

   "Shadow," said he,

   "Where can it be--

This land of Eldorado?"

   "Over the Mountains

   Of the Moon,

Down the Valley of the Shadow,

   Ride, boldly ride,"

   The shade replied--

"If you seek for Eldorado!"


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to be unsupported, but it does not cease to exist, as Maloy seems to say. Just like the coiosulncn, it may be right or wrong, though the author has shown us neither. However, in the case of the point, because it is an /idea/, it can be taken up by others who might do a better job showing it to be true (much like a scientific hypothesis).So, to get to /your point/, if we say of a bad op-ed that it has a good point, that should be taken to mean that we too hold the same idea the author was intending (but failed) to show or perhaps that, just now in the presence of the author's /idea/ in the op-ed, though we recognize the facts to be bad or their coiosulncn to be poorly drawn, we integrate it with our own set of corroborating facts which justify the idea to us. Thus, to us, the op-ed is bad, but the point, good, or illuminating, or valuable however you'd care to classify it.(Sorry. I think you-know-who's Phenomenology class is sinking in a bit too much.)

| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest

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Fabulous quote and thanks so much for shraing! {I love the light pink!} I actually saw a play last summer about his life - so incredibly tragic! Amazing that he was able to write like this. Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark - always happy to have you! Jenn :)

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest

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What a great printable. Just the right thing to get pelope in the V-day mood.Thank-you so much for taking the time to share at our Pin'Inspiration party this week. I really hope that you can take part in my "Beat the Winter Blues" party on Saturday. :-)

| Posted on 2013-11-10 | by a guest

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What was the quote that started with \"One may not find wealth....\" for this poem?

| Posted on 2012-01-19 | by a guest

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This is good that people are able to get the loan and it opens completely new chances.

| Posted on 2011-12-26 | by a guest

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How about this true to life reasoning with an observation of the anti-trust bully GM, GMAC (Shadow) destroying the Mealer Automobile and JL Mealer\'s (\"a gallant knight\")... \"Gaily bedight\", who through the moderate times and tough times (gathering funding) and against the odds ...
\"In sunshine and in shadow, \" ...\"Had journeyed long,\"...\"Singing a song\" (the over-all plan to be like the Big Three and build automobiles and power creating devices to better the USA and eventually the world),\"was planned to me MFG\'d in being shut down by the GM Familt cabal under US DOJ protection and while they were funded by the US Treasury...
The remainder of the poem fits well without interpretation if one has the romantic view of life in general... But let me be clear, Mealer may grow weary and in years, but never loses his boldness nor feels as if quitting this fight.
Mealer v GM, GMAC

| Posted on 2011-01-23 | by a guest

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Dude 2010-03-11 just copy/pasted that right off of wikipedia.

| Posted on 2010-05-09 | by a guest

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The poem is made up of four six-line stanzas. Poe uses the term shadow in the middle of each stanza. The meaning of the word, however, changes with each use. First, it is a literal shadow, where the sun is blocked out. In the second, it implies gloom or despair. The third use is a ghost. The final use, "the Valley of Shadow," references the "Valley of the Shadow of Death," possibly suggesting that Eldorado (or riches in general) does not exist in the living world. Eldorado can also interpreted not as the worldly, yellowish metal, but as treasures that actually have the possibility of existence in the abode of spirits. These "spiritual" treasures are that of the mind: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. In this case, Edgar Poe doubted the worthiness of humanity to possess such "mental wealth" and admitted to the inescapable worldliness of mankind.
The time of the poem's publication, 1849, was during the California Gold Rush and was Poe's reaction to that event.[2]
"Eldorado" was one of Poe's last poems. As Poe scholar Scott Peeples wrote, the poem is "a fitting close to a discussion of Poe's career."[3] Like the narrator of the poem, Poe was on a quest for success or happiness and, despite spending his life searching for it, he eventually loses his strength and faces death.[3]

| Posted on 2010-03-11 | by a guest

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I agree with the people that say that the knight is searching for an adventure. Poe writes this poem to show that there is no adventure in life and that the only adventure left for the knight or for anyone else is Death. Death is the one true adventure that has yet to be explored and takes longer than life itself.

| Posted on 2010-03-09 | by a guest

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I have always Interpereted this poem about a man searching for fortune and on his quest he bocomes old and weary and his trial is to continue. i dont know everyone has their opinions

| Posted on 2010-02-25 | by a guest

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"over the mountains of the moon" - impossible to get to
"down the valley of the shadow" - not death, but the always possibility of death
"ride boldy ride, the shade replied, if you seek for el dorado" -- What the knight thinks is el dorado (his happyness) is imposible to get to, the fear of death stops people from chasing their dreams, if you ride boldy/live life to the fullest in search of your "el dorado" you will relize that the destination is not important, its the journy that brings you true happyness "el dorado"

| Posted on 2010-02-06 | by a guest

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Well, the way I have always seen it, this is a poem about life in general. It's not about searching for God, or Heaven, it's about our lives here and now. The way I have always interpreted it, the poem describes the way in life we seek what is most important to us, yes to some that is God, but it could be anything. However, the irony of the poem is that we never really grasp it, we never reach our destination, why? Because it's over the mountains of the moon, beyond our reach, and down the valley of the shadow, through the peril of death that most fear to travel through. If any of you actually read scripture you would know the Valley of the Shadow of Death is not dying, it is the threat of death. The journey to attain what we desire is difficult, as difficult sometimes as making a trip that was unthinkable in Poe's time and traveling to the moon, and it is dangerous, leading often through the risk of death. But, if we really want what we seek, our El Dorodo, then we must ride boldly through these trials, we can't let our weakness and failure of the past stop us if we're going to achieve our goal. That's how I have always interpreted it.

| Posted on 2010-01-14 | by a guest

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I agree that this poem means that the knight will never reach his life long goal. The 2009-07-17 post talks about religous pursuit so you can see how this poem can be converted into an atheist analogy. Poe really did a good job of exposing that what you are told can turn out to be just a myth. The knight symbolises one that has been brianwashed their entire life

| Posted on 2009-11-10 | by a guest

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My 9th and 10th graders and I want to know when the poem was written by Poe and does it reflect something in his own life such as his inability to find true success in his lifetime. It is so unlike his general style that a few suspect someone else used his name.

| Posted on 2009-10-23 | by a guest

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This poem symbolizes the futile path of a religious journey. A galiant night confident and strong goes on a quest to find el dorado, paradise, God. He grows old and weary and his journey proves fruitless. Doubt then presents itself as a shadow. Doubt makes him realize that there is no God and his years have been wasted. Over the mountains of the moon, down the valley of a shadow...you will never find what does not exist!

| Posted on 2009-07-17 | by a guest

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i dont understand this part
But he grew old--
This knight so bold--
And o'er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado
help me!!!

| Posted on 2009-07-16 | by a guest

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Upon first reading Eldorado, I believed it to be extremely cynical. In the poem, the knight seemed to be portrayed as foolish and naive. I pictured him ridiculously skipping along through the Amazon in a suit of armor looking for the golden city of Eldorado, which clearly does not exist. The last stanza is full of references to death and the "pilgrim shadow" blatantly mocks him, telling him to ride boldly towards it. The message that I got from all of this was that happiness can only be attained in death. It took me some time to see it differently. I realized that the poem is all about the readers own outlook on life. This "pilgrim shadow" is daring the knight to chase his dreams. In essence, the reader becomes the knight. They must make the decision to either be inspired by the shadow's challenge, to persevere in the face of death, or to be discouraged, and succumb to it. That is where the poem's power lies.

| Posted on 2009-06-28 | by a guest

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I think there's no question that the pilgrim shade is telling the knight that he's going to die before ever reaching Eldorado, the knight's life-long goal.
(The fact that the knight starts out singing and has a shadow fall over him makes me think that, perhaps, the knight initially thought the goal would be an easy one and it turned out to be long and hard, thus, he fell into despair.)
But the interesting thing about the poem is that the pilgrim shade CHALLENGES the knight to ride boldly into death to find what he seeks, he doesn't just say that the knight must die, as we all must die, the shade kind of taunts the knight with the knight's own despair - despair shrivels up courage.
You're going to die before you ever reach your goal, can you face that with the same courage you started out with when you thought things were easy?

| Posted on 2009-06-16 | by a guest

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I had to do a reading project on this so this is what i wrote
El Dorado is believed to be a mysterious city of gold. But, in this poem, it is heaven. When the dying knight comes across a wandering spirit, he is told that "Over the Mountains of the Moon," and "Down the Valley of the Shadow" is where the El Dorado is, which sounds a lot to me like dying and going to heaven. And, the shadow, I believe is asking him to ride into death, for there is where Poe thinks the real adventure lies.

| Posted on 2009-05-14 | by a guest

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I think the poem is amazing. i love edgar allan poe. i don't know what his poem means, but it is sort of a mysterious vibe to every single poem he comes to writing. ! :D

| Posted on 2009-04-28 | by a guest

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Edgar Allan Poe's interpretation of Eldorado, the magical, mythical city of gold, is only really heaven. When the dying knight comes across a wandering spirit, he is told that "Over the Mountains of the Moon," and "Down the Valley of the Shadow" is where the Eldorado is, which sounds a lot to me like dying and going to heaven. This doesn't have such a dark ending as most of Poe's poems and stories, but it still is sort of sad to see the knight who dies before seeing his dream.

| Posted on 2009-04-20 | by a guest

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This poem isn't about any of the stuff you guys said. Edgar allen poe just wrote a simple poem about a knight looking for a city, and you guys are just making it more complicated than it really is.

| Posted on 2009-04-09 | by a guest

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Yeah it's great that everyone knows what it's about but does anyone know what kind of poem it is? I mean... Epic, Ballad, Ode, Sonnet....Anyone?

| Posted on 2009-03-08 | by a guest

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Poe is trying to speak out against American exceptionalism. At the time, America saw itself as God's chosen nation and people. This is what they used to expand west..."Manifest Destiny." Poe is trying to tell that Americans are indeed not the chosen people, this is why the "knight" never found what he was looking for.

| Posted on 2009-03-02 | by a guest

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This poem is not about searching for inner happiness, or a the pilgrim discouraging the search for Eldorado. The Pilgrim is the grim reaper, a "pilgrim shadow". The pilgrim shadow has a disturbing grin, beckoning him to ride boldly into death, for there is the real adventure.
Edgar's a pretty dark guy.

| Posted on 2008-08-26 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2008-08-04 | by a guest

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In this poem his deep hidden meaning is do not spend your time chasing after that you will most likely not find, don’t be overconfident because when this happens you underestimate whatever it is your trying to accomplish and you end wasting your life looking for something that doesn’t exist

| Posted on 2008-05-26 | by a guest

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i believe this poem is aboout finding youre real devotion. should it be sex, football, tv, beer. When poe says how the gallant knight starts of straight and seeks for eldorado that is the devotion of the gods nor chibolin nor hector acuña realize the imporance of the wild ride life is tto cross the mountains of the shadow or the moon in the valley whetther fonchis says or doesnt never go wrong. this is what i think the poem is about

| Posted on 2008-05-12 | by a guest

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i believe that eldorado is about searching for your inner happiness, and beleiving that you can reach that beautiful place og gold and riches, by bot spending your whole life on something not real. But finding your one true peaceful, and happy place.

| Posted on 2008-05-06 | by a guest

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in this poem, the "gallant knight" searches for eldorado, the mythical city of gold. he starts off young and searches "singing a song...but he grew old, this knight so bold and ore his heart a shadow fell as he found no spot of ground that looked like eldorado." to avoid searching in vain any longer he askes the pilgram - another traveler who searches for somethign - and the pilgram tells him to perform the impossable: "ore the mountains of the moon and down the vally of shadow, ride boldly ride...if you search for eldorado". the vally of shadow refers to the biblical vally of the shadow of death - in other words one must kill onesself to find what you are truly looking for.

| Posted on 2008-05-05 | by a guest

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I think this poem is about life and that we're all on our journey to find our "Eldorado." Sometimes we may get tired but we can't give up. We should ride, boldly ride if we want to find our Eldorado.

| Posted on 2008-03-05 | by a guest

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i think this poem is all about humans vanity that they nedd to search for more and more and they never get satisfy .. i just think all this is human nature !.

| Posted on 2008-02-25 | by a guest

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I think that the meaning of this writing is supposed to send out the message that you need to be grateful of what you have, and if you spend your life searching for something more, it'll be a wasted life.

| Posted on 2008-02-20 | by a guest

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As a poet of the Romantic period, Poe took the common romantic theme of never finding what one seeks--whether it be happiness, love, or, in this case, a legendary place where riches are supposedly very abundant. Either what one seeks does not exist (like Eldorado), or the irony of life keeps one away from it, or the person's destiny is simply to never obtain what he or she wants(an example is "Don Alvaro o la fuerza del Sino" by Angel de Saavedra Rivas).

| Posted on 2007-11-16 | by a guest

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i think that this a about a persons life and they search for one thing there entire life and they never find it bu then there is one thing that a person finds that gives them more strength tto keep on trying to find that thing that they want most in there life.

| Posted on 2007-05-19 | by a guest

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