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Evening Star Analysis



Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 2221

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'Twas noontide of summer,

And mid-time of night;

And stars, in their orbits,

Shone pale, thro' the light

Of the brighter, cold moon,

'Mid planets her slaves,

Herself in the Heavens,

Her beam on the waves.

I gazed awhile

On her cold smile;

Too cold- too cold for me-

There pass'd, as a shroud,

A fleecy cloud,

And I turned away to thee,

Proud Evening Star,

In thy glory afar,

And dearer thy beam shall be;

For joy to my heart

Is the proud part

Thou bearest in Heaven at night,

And more I admire

Thy distant fire,

Than that colder, lowly light.








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My explication of this poem was Poes infuence from the Romatic age also referred to as Dark Romanticism, Poe is using characterization and personification comparing celestial body's with two different types of women, ( Moon) is upper class with some measure of power and control, who the speaker is repulsed by (Evening Star) is of a lower class but very beautiful and the speaker is attracted to passionately but can only admire her from a distance! Ultimately however the most compelling argument for this poem is Poes use of Romaticism overall.

| Posted on 2016-10-16 | by a guest


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My explication of this poem was Poes infuence from the Romatic age also referred to as Dark Romanticism, Poe is using characterization and personification comparing celestial body's with two different types of women, ( Moon) is upper class with some measure of power and control, who the speaker is repulsed by (Evening Star) is of a lower class but very beautiful and the speaker is attracted to passionately but can only admire her from a distance! Ultimately however the most compelling argument for this poem is Poes use of Romaticism overall.

| Posted on 2016-10-16 | by a guest


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Hi guys please I need help I have a report to do...
Are u guys know the meaning of the poem or you'll lying please tell me the answer x

| Posted on 2016-06-17 | by a guest


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Hi guys please I need help I have a report to do...
Are u guys know the meaning of the poem or you'll lying please tell me the answer x

| Posted on 2016-06-17 | by a guest


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I think a good meaning behind this poem is that the evening star is his happiness, and the moon is all the bad things that happened to him in his life. The moons light being to cold could mean that this life is to cruel for him, And when the cloud (distractions) cover up his sorrow he can see the happiness in his life if just for a brief second.
This may have been the first impression of a college students first time reading the poem, but its different then all the other meanings I've seen and i think it holds true to something poe would right.

| Posted on 2015-05-14 | by a guest


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perhaps this poem is meant to be very literal. Venus is often called the evening star, so perhaps he was admiring its beauty and warmth.

| Posted on 2014-07-14 | by a guest


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I've always seen this to be about something undesirable overpowering something desirable but I try not to get bogged down in analysis too much because it's a beautiful poem, and for all the school kids asking for a proper analysis because you have home work, maybe analyse it yourself there is no wrong answer if you express what you take from the poem and if you're told otherwise then that person is wrong...

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


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\'Twas noontide of summer, and midtime of night\" Noontide refers to midday and midtime of night refers to midnight.
\"And stars, in their orbits, shone pale through the light of the brighter, cold moon\" Poe is figuratively saying that, no matter what the time of day, the moon\'s light overpowers that of the stars.
\"\'Mid planets her slave, herself in the Heavens, her beam on the waves.\" The moon, likely a woman in Poe\'s life, controls him; perhaps Poe is the slave \'mid the planets.
\"I gazed awhile on her cold smile; too cold-too cold for me\" He does not love this woman; she is cold and controlling.
\"There passed as a shroud, a fleecy cloud, and I turned away to thee.\" There is another woman in his life who he is able to turn to.
\"Proud Evening Star, in thy glory afar and dearer they beam shall be\" He is in love with this other woman, his Evening Star.
\"For joy to my heart is the proud part thou bearest in Heaven at night.\" Watching her, even from a distance, makes him happy.
\"And more I admire thy distant fire, than that colder, lowly light.\" This last line reveals that, although he has to love her from afar, she brings him more warmth than the other woman in his life.
This is a story of two women; one who is nearby and cold-hearted, and one whom he must admire from a distance. He uses symbolism to compare the cold woman to the moon\'s overpowering rays \"mid planets her slave...her beam on the waves\". The other is compared to a \"proud Evening Star, in thy glory afar\". Tragically, no matter the time of day, the moon\'s beams overpower those of his Evening Star.

| Posted on 2012-07-16 | by a guest


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I\'m sure Poe had happy times in his life but generally speaking his life was full of tragedy.
I believe the moon represents his life. Beyond the moon he sees something better (evening star). Perhaps an afterlife. The shroud cloud would be death.(the transition) The line; \"and dearer thy beam shall be\" is a hope. The word \"shall\" being the key word here. Of course this analysis would fit almost anything, the distant thing is always more attractive because you can\'t see the details. But this is as I see it.

| Posted on 2012-02-24 | by a guest


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As I read through what people think the meaning of Edgar\'s poem \"Evening Star\" the more I start thinking about what it might mean. ~I think he was talking about two women, one whom he had already met and who has a cold heart. So after a while, I guess he forgot about the cold hearted women, and turned to a women he had admire from afar, and how her warmth and beauty brings happiness and joy to his heart. He probably loves this women, but she\'s with someone else or she doesnt notice him. This is what I think of the poem, and i hope it helps.

| Posted on 2012-01-10 | by a guest


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Can somone tell me what it REALLY means? :l so i can work on it in a school project?

| Posted on 2012-01-04 | by a guest


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this is how our teacher explained the poem to us..
There are things in life which we want to acheive but it it\'s to high that it is very impossible to acheive..
Hope it helps

| Posted on 2011-11-09 | by a guest


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To me it seemed the poem was about how, sometimes, when people or things are put on a perdistal to be admired by all, they loose some of their splendor, and how sometimes it\'s the ones who don\'t seek attension that need to be appreciated.

| Posted on 2011-04-03 | by a guest


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People are so retarded: if you hate edgar allan poe then you should definantly get off of a website that has his poems on it. second off if you want to know the meaning for a poem just search the internet i think that it has very reasonably responses. peace

| Posted on 2010-11-18 | by a guest


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People are so retarded: if you hate edgar allan poe then you should definantly get off of a website that has his poems on it. second off if you want to know the meaning for a poem just search the internet i think that it has very reasonably responses. peace

| Posted on 2010-11-18 | by a guest


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In this poem, Poe is writing to a female lover who is not his current. He's saying he has looked at this current lover and realized that there is a much more beautiful person for him! Read it again folks. That beautiful Evening Star!

| Posted on 2010-06-21 | by a guest


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In this poem, Poe is writing to a female lover who is not his current. He's saying he has looked at this current lover and realized that there is a much more beautiful person for him! Read it again folks. That beautiful Evening Star!

| Posted on 2010-06-21 | by a guest


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First of all, I don't think that there is much symbolism in this poem, it seems pretty literal to me anyways. Edgar Allan Poe liked to take opium, therefore putting him in a euphoric like state where he was able to slow down and see the beauty in nature. He was able to see the haunting beauty in the moon & the evening star on a cold dark somewhat cloudy night that is burning but so far away you can only see "her" glimmer and he likes that "And more I admire, Thy distant fire, Than that colder, lowly light" of the moon in the water, which is too cold for him, so he turns to the evening star.

| Posted on 2010-05-01 | by a guest


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To me it sounds like Poe is talking about two women. One is wealthy with dimmer and colder beauty, and is in the same social class as he (the moon)- and another, far more beautiful woman, whom he desires from a distance, but is part of a lower class and could damage his reputation (the star).

| Posted on 2010-04-30 | by a guest


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x to this websit if you want to see a full explanation of what this poem could possibly mean.

| Posted on 2010-04-17 | by a guest


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I believe that Mr. Poe in this is truthfully speaking of

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


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Are any of you gonig to put the explanation on here?? i have a report to do.
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| Posted on 2010-03-02 | by a guest


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i wish some one would actually put an analysis on hear because i have school work to do

| Posted on 2010-01-26 | by a guest


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There is defiantly a contrast with the ‘cold moon’ and the ‘evening star.’ He seems to illustrate that the ‘cold moon’ is controlling with ‘planets her slaves.’ The use of ‘her’ suggests that he is talking about two separate women. The ‘moon’ is very high, may be referring to her status, furthermore, her ‘cold smile’ can be looked upon and possibly enchant men. The Moon enlightens all, the moon could be representative of the feminine cycle. The moon could also represent ‘Madame Lunar’ the mother of mysteries.
Whereas the ‘Evening Star,’ is shown as a ‘joy’ giver, and admired by its 'glory’ it could also be believed to refer to Venus, which is by far the brightest celestial object in the sky after the sun and moon. Venus symbolizes the sign of women and in myth means Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love, beauty and raw sexuality.

| Posted on 2009-10-22 | by a guest


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This explication may not be right, but this is how I interpret the poem. Poe uses the moon to signify an object or a goal that is out of his reach. Much like the saying "Shoot for the moon". He repeatedly comments on the beaty of the moon and relates it to majesty. The part where it says, "I gaz'd a while On her cold smile; Too cold- too cold for me" may signify that Poe feels that he is unworthy of being in such a graceful existence with the moon. However, at the end, he admits that he would rather be with the moon as oppose to just looking at it from affar. I hope this helps all the other high schoolers looking for an easy pass for their homework :)

| Posted on 2009-06-08 | by a guest


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i have no idea what this poem means. can someone help me???

| Posted on 2009-06-07 | by a guest


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i jus wish someone would write a real answer and not all these other lies. people do have school work.

| Posted on 2009-05-20 | by a guest


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i think that poe is trying to relate his life to the stars and the moon. one part of his life is cold while the other is warmer, and he likes the warmer one better.

| Posted on 2009-05-03 | by a guest


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i think he just lost someone close to him and was looking at the stars thinking about her in heaven.

| Posted on 2009-03-05 | by a guest


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.In this poem, Poe is saying that he looks at the moon and she smiles coldly at him, and then he looks at the proud evening star and it is more beautiful than the cold, harsh moon. It makes him feel better to look at the beautiful star. I think Poe is relating the stars to 2 women and his life. One of them is right here for him to have, but she is cold- hearted and ugly. The other is beautiful and perfect, but she out of his league.

| Posted on 2009-02-05 | by a guest


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he wrote this in response to not being able to be married to another women becouse he could not get a null from the cathlic church. He was clearly talking of his affections

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


.: Why Me? :.

Why me?
Why does everything hate me?
The computer, the medicine bottle,
My locker>
Why me?

| Posted on 2008-03-23 | by a guest


.: Evening Star :.

Evening Star
'Twas noontide of summer,
And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
Shone pale, thro' the light
Of the brighter, cold moon,
'Mid planets her slaves,
Herself in the Heavens,
Her beam on the waves.
I gazed awhile
On her cold smile;
Too cold- too cold for me-
There pass'd, as a shroud,
A fleecy cloud,
And I turned away to thee,
Proud Evening Star,
In thy glory afar,
And dearer thy beam shall be;
For joy to my heart
Is the proud part
Thou bearest in Heaven at night,
And more I admire
Thy distant fire,
Than that colder, lowly light.



| Posted on 2007-06-21 | by a guest




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