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Analysis and comments on Bridal Ballad by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 11 of 111, added on January 7th, 2010 at 10:09 PM.

I can't believe the bigotry of the Americans on this forum. Just because
one person doesn't like the poem, and they happen to be from Canada, you
decide to rip an entire nation. Just to give you point of fact, the
Canadians have and always do fight in battles and we are also known for our
peace keeping efforts in war ravaged countries. In the battle of 1812 it
was a fiesty bunch of Canadians who helped the British turn back the
Americans...and WON. A couple were painting Canadian graffiti on the White
House before burning it to the ground. We were also a country that had one
of the largest world Navy's in World War one and Two. We were the ones
that held the beach at Normandy before the Americans finally showed up.
And we were in Afghanistan while the Americans chased shadows and phantom
weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Please don't open your mouth about
what we have or have not fought for until you know.

jax from Canada
Comment 10 of 111, added on September 22nd, 2009 at 10:40 AM.

i found this poem actually very confusing maybe if i understood it better i
would have liked it more

monarch from United States
Comment 9 of 111, added on February 6th, 2008 at 8:46 PM.

This is one of Poe's best poems. He was truly a gifted genious.

Hey, Sally, I would not say it is contradictory that you only like English
poetry and are "very patriotic," since Canada is not a nation but a
geographic concept. Since Canadians have never known sacrifice for a
higher ideal, it is inevitable for a Canadian "patriot" would find that his
or her loyalty lies only in the rudimentary patriotism of race and tongue,
thus it is perfectly logical that any Canadian outside of Quebec would be
an English jingoist. Nor is it surprising that a Canadian woman would not
relate to a poem in which a woman's first love fell in battle, since she
would better understand a poem about a man who "fell" on his face trying to
get away from a battle.

Zeke from United States
Comment 8 of 111, added on May 29th, 2007 at 7:32 AM.

The beauty of this poem is so elegant and quaint that you can't help but
love it. Especially with today's loss of innocence. The significance of the
wedding ring in this poem is the way things used to be in society. The
bride's lack of self confidence shines through as womem were held back in
that era.Yet at the same time she is very happy .A wedding can be filled
with mixed emotions exactly like this bride felt. It is amazing to me that
a poem writtem so long ago could apply to a bride of today. This is a
beautiful work of art and it is timeless!

brenda wester from United States
Comment 7 of 111, added on January 14th, 2006 at 4:28 PM.

Inbal, if you like Hayley Westenra's pure tone and the words, you would
like the Canadian songstress Loreena McKennitt. She sings the same sort of
poem (such as Lady of Shallot, the Highwayman, Shakespearean poetry and
prose, poems by Blake, and traditional Irish and English ballads.) and has
an equally enchanting voice.

Kay from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 111, added on January 7th, 2006 at 10:36 AM.

I really like the Bridal Ballad, and especially the musical rendition in
"The Merchant of Venice" (composed by Jocelyn Pook, and sung by Hayley
Westenra, not Andreas Scholl as previously mentioned, though he does sing
other songs in the movie's soundtrack). Can anyone recommend other poems
adapted to songs in that fashion? or just songs in the same genre as that

Inbal from Israel
Comment 5 of 111, added on January 5th, 2006 at 7:59 PM.

Well, the reason why William Hunkledore is not very well acclaimed may be
due to the fact that he's only published in about... NONE of the
anthologies that I know of.
Do you know W.H. Auden? (one of the gems and poet laureates of Britain) Or
Seamus Heaney? (another laureate and translator of the most current, most
popular Beowulf). They are considered in the top most influential poets in
the past century.
While this is not necessarily a paramount of ... God, you don't want to
hear this anyhow.
Just don't go making comparisons with Shakespeare and anyone else. Of
course they'll pale. However, that does not mean they are not at the same
level. Not nearly half of the people who have read Shakespeare and know
what play "The Winter of Our Discontent" comes from would know T.S. Elliot
or which month is the most cruel. (April.)
Maybe it's because I'm both a woman AND English(well, raised in America,
born British) but I don't think it's half bad. And if you can write a
better poem, I look forward to seeing your works in the anthologies I'll be
As for it being a Poe poem, I liked the change of perspective, too. Women
were seen as a more "mystic" influence at this time (see Lady of Shallot)
which may be why he chose it, or to have a clearer distinction from the
narrator and the author. Gothics often played with point of view and
consciousness... probably why this woman keeps on thinking the man she's
marrying is someone else.
As for the Merchant of Venice soundtrack, it's beautiful! If there's one
thing I love more than my current study of English and British Lit (yes, I
specialise in the Romantic and Gothic eras), it's singing... which is what
made me discover this poem in the fist place.

Melissa from United States
Comment 4 of 111, added on August 3rd, 2005 at 8:07 PM.

Hey Sally, Canadadian should stick with the only thing their decent at:
hockey. Leave poetry to us.

Buck from United States
Comment 3 of 111, added on May 25th, 2005 at 2:23 AM.

I wish that all of Poe's poems could be set to music as well as Andreas
Scholl's rendition in the soundtrack 'The Merchant Of Venice'. Simply
stunning, a voice that could melt stone.

redking from United States
Comment 2 of 111, added on November 8th, 2004 at 4:00 PM.

I actually think this poem was extremely boring. I could write a better
poem if I really wanted to which I do not seeing as poetry is only decent
when it is written by a womanand/or an english person. I have to say it
takes a lot to say that seeing as I am extremely patriotic! But look
people: if someone said to you in the street William Hunkledore would you
know who that was? Mostprobably not, he was a Canadian poet but his pieces
were awful, if I said to you Shakespeare...well everybody knows who he was!
Open you're eyes people!

Sally Hayes from Canada

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: Bridal Ballad
Added: Feb 4 2004
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