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Analysis and comments on Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 46 of 56, added on July 3rd, 2010 at 12:34 PM.

For all the prospectors for Eldorado, this is the poem to put up in the

Emile Moelich from South Africa
Comment 45 of 56, added on December 29th, 2008 at 9:16 AM.

This has been my favorite poem for over 40 years. When I first heard it in
the movie of the same name, I had no idea who had written it. With a
little research in Granger's index to poetry, I discovered EAP.
Surprisingly, I had done a EAP project in high school, but had not come
upon this particular poem. As I've read the poem over and over, I see
different messages. At first it reminded me of Cervantes "Don Quixote", of
which I am also very fond. The knight and Don Quixote both ride out boldly
to search for perhaps the wrongs of the world. As I have grown older, I
see the knight on a quest to reach a goal. Perhaps, he has already found
it but did not recognize it, and so he is still looking. And as I have
done a little more research on the poem, I discovered it was published in
1849, the year of the California gold rush. So maybe EAP was commenting on
the futility of the search for gold.

Whatever the message, EAP felt he wanted to impart, I think the real beauty
of this poem is that it is so simple but yet complex enough to convey
wonderful messages for all times and ages.

Sue from United States
Comment 44 of 56, added on March 7th, 2008 at 3:27 AM.

The is my first from EAP, and i think i have not read anything as good as
this. its so unique. i think the poem is about determination and faith in
your puisuit in life, even if you dont get it you know you tried and did
your best.

obyM from Nigeria
Comment 43 of 56, added on October 11th, 2007 at 9:41 PM.

I wonder how old many of you are. How long have you sought your Eldorado?
When you have riden long enough, you will find your strength failing you at
length. We set out well apointed at the start of our quests and riding
boldly forth. At some point, we look around and wonder will we ever reach
our Eldorado. Ascribe to the pilgrim's shadow whatever identity you like,
the advice remains sound. If you wish to reach Eldorado, or anywhere else,
you must ride boldly ride in search of, pursuing it, building it, creating

Kern from United States
Comment 42 of 56, added on February 26th, 2007 at 8:01 PM.

I looking at this poem for a project!

Russellboy from United States
Comment 41 of 56, added on April 23rd, 2006 at 11:02 PM.

I think it show one should keep trying and u may reach your goal

Christina from United States
Comment 40 of 56, added on April 19th, 2006 at 4:45 PM.

i think this is a poem that some what encourages his readers which is the
complete antithesis of him all toghether b/c we normally see dark things in
his writings. But all in all, it could have been encouragement to himself
and all the things he was going through. he wrote this poem after Virginia
died and he probably realized that he needed encouragement to help him get
through. Which we see didn't work so well in his later years.

prplheffalump89 from United States
Comment 39 of 56, added on April 19th, 2006 at 2:45 PM.

I think the part of the poem where the shadow tells tge knight to look over
th mountains over the moon is not very clear...
What does it mean?

Philippe from Canada
Comment 38 of 56, added on March 23rd, 2006 at 11:11 PM.

i love this poem. A knight searching for the city of gold that doesn't
exist. I love the was EAP hides the meaning of this poem. You really have
to know your history for this poem to find the true meaning. If you know
anything about Sir Walter Raleigh thats a good start...This is one of the
best poems i have ever saw because i can actually understand it. I love


Dionre Bratten from United States
Comment 37 of 56, added on February 20th, 2006 at 4:06 AM.

instead of dismal....as sum have said...eldorado, to me ..is
encouraging....for the knight...is told quite clearly..ride boldly...if u
seek eldorado...good advice...u may never attain it..but life is in 'the
ride'...and one must be bold...

btw, i have the poem on my site...and sum other scite.....check it
out...hope u get a laugh...


later aces....

rb from United States

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: Eldorado
Year: 1849
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Aug 29 2004

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