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Fairy -Land Analysis

Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 1293

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Dim vales- and shadowy floods-

And cloudy-looking woods,

Whose forms we can't discover

For the tears that drip all over!

Huge moons there wax and wane-

Again- again- again-

Every moment of the night-

Forever changing places-

And they put out the star-light

With the breath from their pale faces.

About twelve by the moon-dial,

One more filmy than the rest

(A kind which, upon trial,

They have found to be the best)

Comes down- still down- and down,

With its centre on the crown

Of a mountain's eminence,

While its wide circumference

In easy drapery falls

Over hamlets, over halls,

Wherever they may be-

O'er the strange woods- o'er the sea-

Over spirits on the wing-

Over every drowsy thing-

And buries them up quite

In a labyrinth of light-

And then, how deep!- O, deep!

Is the passion of their sleep.

In the morning they arise,

And their moony covering

Is soaring in the skies,

With the tempests as they toss,

Like- almost anything-

Or a yellow Albatross.

They use that moon no more

For the same end as before-

Videlicet, a tent-

Which I think extravagant:

Its atomies, however,

Into a shower dissever,

Of which those butterflies

Of Earth, who seek the skies,

And so come down again,

(Never-contented things!)

Have brought a specimen

Upon their quivering wings.


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Since Poe was considered a mad-man, it could be understood why it isn’t possible to categorise this poem into a singular theme; but since a huge quantity of his poems are about loneliness and death, it would be logical to assume that Fairy-Land is also referring to life after death.

| Posted on 2016-02-02 | by a guest

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I think if Poe were to read the comments above he would laugh out loud-lol

| Posted on 2014-04-29 | by a guest

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Poe was a drunk pedophile who couldn\'t hold a job and couldn\'t even manage a suitable Army Career as a Private. and he messed up at west point.

| Posted on 2012-10-15 | by a guest

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This is about a fantastical land of Poe\'s imagination. He describes several moons and their courses through the sky. The moon obviously held a strong hold on Poe and his thought as he describes himself as having been wrought to a fever by moon beams in another one of his poems: STANZAS. But i think this poem is an exaggerated example of his love for nature and especially the moon

| Posted on 2011-12-29 | by a guest

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i believe that he is maybe speaking of nature in it\'s purest form..or beauty for that matter, beauty that we find in nature. It\'s seems that he speaks of the godess in the some form or another. In Poe\'s time we were a lot closer to nature, maybe he has a little bit wiccan in him, i duno that is just the feeling i got when i read this poem and the fact that it is called fairyland..

| Posted on 2011-11-07 | by a guest

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The poem is obviously not about his wife, since it was publiced in 1829 and he was at West Point yet, having not married Virgina until 1837. The poem was written while Poe had a liking of gambling and drinking, not a very happy time in his life. It is a large possibility that Poe was simply day dreaming of seeing the pearly gates to heaven sometime soon and that he would imagine it to be like a Fairy-Land, the poem was supposed to be entitled \"Heaven\" and was changed before he was able to get it published. I feel as though you cannot look to deeply into Poe\'s poems, that his reasons behind his writings are most always just beneath the surface and no far out of range from what the words say.

| Posted on 2011-03-27 | by a guest

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I think the first part about the dim woods and shadows and stuff is representing sadness of his wife dying. and 'they' are angels or spirits guarding the dead.

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

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I think this poem is about his past experiences with his wife and how he feels about her beauty, and the fairy land he gets to everytime they kis.s. i think that the butterflies of earth represent their pet dogs. and the specimen among their wings are the love him and his wife present to him. this poem is very sad to me.

| Posted on 2009-02-10 | by a guest

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This was a very good poem. It inspired me alot. It made it seem like i was really there watching everything he was explaining. I hope to see more like this one.

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

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