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The Lake. To -- Analysis



Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 1569

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In spring of youth it was my lot

To haunt of the wide world a spot

The which I could not love the less-

So lovely was the loneliness

Of a wild lake, with black rock bound,

And the tall pines that towered around.



But when the Night had thrown her pall

Upon that spot, as upon all,

And the mystic wind went by

Murmuring in melody-

Then- ah then I would awake

To the terror of the lone lake.



Yet that terror was not fright,

But a tremulous delight-

A feeling not the jewelled mine

Could teach or bribe me to define-

Nor Love- although the Love were thine.



Death was in that poisonous wave,

And in its gulf a fitting grave

For him who thence could solace bring

To his lone imagining-

Whose solitary soul could make

An Eden of that dim lake.








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The past paragraph is circular...read it this way to reveal how he who finds solace in solitude and is able to successfully cut themselves off from the world-with the small consequence of slowly dying due to the extreme isolation and loneliness.

| Posted on 2016-06-07 | by a guest


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The lake was scary yet calming to the narrator, but there was deaths there. when the wind would blow he would feel the terror of others but that made him feel happy, coming from his dark mind. Death was in the wave (the lake) and a grave for him which would bring him relief from his dark thoughts.But only someone as mad as him would find the lake an Eden.

| Posted on 2016-03-18 | by a guest


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this is about a lake that goes around killing people with its poisonous wave. It gets a lot of delight doing that. but somehow he can become an Eden

| Posted on 2015-01-06 | by a guest


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When i first discovered this poem, i instantly loved it. It describes a spot i call "diablos point" so perfectly.
What it means to me, is having found a perfect spot of both beauty and isolation. Where you can truely escape the world. When he speaks of night fall, i think the "terror" that isnt fear, is the peace of isolation, along with the self discovery that comes with it (terrifying, but not that of fear).
This place has become his paradise, and to die there, in peace, would be the ideal place to die.

| Posted on 2014-12-30 | by a guest


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Poe is using death as an analogy to show that death takes everything in it's path without even considering it...

| Posted on 2014-05-16 | by a guest


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From all the possible places in the world the lake is the favourite for a boy, because of its natural isolation and his love for nature.
As he is getting older, he is spending more and more time there until he spends the nights as well and realises (awakes) that this extreme isolation is inspiring him. The visible world reduces (pall upon all) and he focusses on his thoughts and maybe creative work. This detachment from the world is a terror that brings up many ideas, as the lone lake provokes inner conflicts.
The results provide a tremulous delight, so he says its worth it. When he's in the age of having a girlfriend (jewelled mine), he's failing to explain what’s going on in his mind. she does not appreciate his strange behaviour (could not teach or bribe me to define.). But he loves her and excuses, he regrets that not even love could make him appreciate society more (although the love were thine). Note, that its the only paragraph where he does not use the words lone or loneliness. She is his everything and and they break up. he goes back to the lake, back to the loneliness.
The struggle of his relationship and not fitting in society brings him to suicidal ideas and he considers drowning himself (death was in that poisonous wave). He believes it to be the perfect place for him to die (fitting grave), because the lake would not reject him. He wonders whether he ll always stay unloved (solace to lone imagining). He spiritualises the suicide to justify it as a solution. He imagines the drowning as a mystic unification of the lake and his soul, which both would benefit from (lake was lone in 2nd paragraph, becomes Eden in 4th paragraph).
It stays a 3rd person scenic fantasy and he does not kill himself. He he writes this story to explain himself to someone. The addressee (thine) of this poem is his lost love who dropped him - back to a loneliness he once appreciated when he was a kid. If she ever got these verses is unclear, but at least he tries to overcome his depression by opening up to someone and trying to reflect. Its a very melancholic poem that describes the complicated relationship to the lake but not so much relationships to people. His love for nature is easier to grasp than the pain and confusion that humans can create in his heart.

| Posted on 2014-04-13 | by a guest


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I beleive the lake was a place of solitude for a young boy. He moved away but returned later in life changed. He was a murderer and used the lake as a place to stash the bodies. As a grown man, he gets the same plessure from the lake he did when he was a boy. In a place of terror for others, he recieves extreme delight.

| Posted on 2012-11-11 | by a guest


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Edgar Allen Poe was a romantic writter, typically romantic writters enjoy amplifying and delving into thoughts and concepts of love and life, just as equaly as they do death and desolation. For Poe the lake that he mused apon as a child personifies the deep feelings that he posseses, but perhaps no one else understands. To look into the lake, with its history and its appearence Poe is looking into and understanding a part of himself, and apparently relishing it.
- My two cents

| Posted on 2012-05-23 | by a guest


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I think it represents how Poe liked the solitude of the lake, and thought it beautiful by day, and at night, scary, due to the myth that a girl had died in it, and her lover had died staring into the waves looking for her.

| Posted on 2012-05-19 | by a guest


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The lake Poe went to as a youth made him feel peaceful, calm and safe. But the same lake that seems peaceful is also dangerous and deadly waves. He writes how things that seem calm and bright can also be dark and evil.

| Posted on 2012-04-25 | by a guest


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This poem is about how Poe visited the lake a lot and that very one was scared of going their because of the mith of how 2 couples died. When he visits the lake it makes him feel comfortable and peaceful.

| Posted on 2012-04-02 | by a guest


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The theme of the poem seems like comparing the solitude of the Lake to Poe. The end part seems like that death was the sweet escape of both.

| Posted on 2012-02-27 | by a guest


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This poem seems to me to resemble the fact that those that are \"more idealistic\" in society are shunned, they then try to find some place where they can go to to prove those ideas right. In Poe\'s case the lake. As a child as stated in the first paragraph he was probably one that would get good grades and spread \"prophecies\" that no one would believe, he then imagined the lake and was fascinated by the science behind it and hoped to die in such a place to be surrounded by what he knew was right

| Posted on 2012-01-24 | by a guest


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I think that the lake symbolized the death of a woman and he is sad but happy wile he is at the lake.

| Posted on 2011-11-22 | by a guest


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It reveals his bi-polar illness....he only feels alive when faced with terror or the thought of flirting with death. Also it is a deeper reflection of his inner self, a loner represented by the darkness and watery depths of The Lake at night. He feels an identity, a kinship with the Lake and what it represents, which is a solace and comfort.

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


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i think it is about him having a miserable life and he finally found somewere he can be at a peaceful spot for a while and life his life like that until he dies. : )

| Posted on 2011-02-04 | by a guest


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hassiktir aq bu be boyle ne bicim hikaye bu aq bu sikim anlamadim

| Posted on 2010-11-28 | by a guest


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hassiktir aq bu be boyle ne bicim hikaye bu aq bu sikim anlamadim

| Posted on 2010-11-28 | by a guest


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It's about being so detached from everyone else and suffering from a constant feeling of alienation. The narrator is so fed up with life and feelings of not belonging anywhere, that he finds somewhere resembling exactly what he wants,a lake beautiful and representing of death and escapism, he finally finds somewhere he feels at peace and it is the perfect place to have his last memories of a miserable life

| Posted on 2010-05-31 | by a guest


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Poe talks about the Lake and how it is a representation of death itself. He is glad to be dying for the solace it will bring.

| Posted on 2010-05-06 | by a guest


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After wandering aimlessly in search for "solace," the poem's speaker finds the lake which symbolizes death. The imagery of the "poisonous wave" and "fitting grave" emphasizes the comparison between the lake and death. The speaker is not frightened but is in fact delighted at the sight of the dark "grave." Death is the only solace for those who are without hope.

| Posted on 2010-01-11 | by a guest


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I'm probably way off but to me it's about not feeling like you fit in anywhere. I remember in my youth, feeling like I would find someplace on earth where I truly belonged but now I know that place doesn't exist cuz I'm wierd. Now I wish for solitude among a paradise(the lake) all my own where I don't have to worry about others hurting me or how they see me or if they'll ever except me. To be a genius is to be lonely, I think it made Poe an extreme introvert who longed for complete solitude and/or death. That's my view anyway

| Posted on 2010-01-04 | by a guest


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I'm probably way off but to me it's about not feeling like you fit in anywhere. I remember in my youth, feeling like I would find someplace on earth where I truly belonged but now I know that place doesn't exist cuz I'm wierd. Now I wish for solitude among a paradise(the lake) all my own where I don't have to worry about others hurting me or how they see me or if they'll ever except me. To be a genius is to be lonely, I think it made Poe an extreme introvert who longed for complete solitude and/or death. That's my view anyway.

| Posted on 2009-08-29 | by a guest


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I'm probably way off but to me it's about not feeling like you fit in anywhere. I remember in my youth, feeling like I would find someplace on earth where I truly belonged but now I know that place doesn't exist cuz I'm wierd. Now I wish for solitude among a paradise(the lake) all my own where I don't have to worry about others hurting me or how they see me or if they'll ever except me. To be a genius is to be lonely, I think it made Poe an extreme introvert who longed for complete solitude. That's my view anyway.

| Posted on 2009-08-29 | by a guest




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