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Analysis and comments on Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 36 of 56, added on February 16th, 2006 at 8:25 PM.

I love this poem. Yes, it indeed has a dismal message, yet the sing songy
rhythm seems to be contradictory to its depressing message. I believe that
the the part where it says:
"In sunshine and in shadow,"
the sunshine represents faith and the shadow represents doubt.

Christina from India
Comment 35 of 56, added on February 6th, 2006 at 5:03 AM.

in my regard the poem 'Eldorado' by Edgar allan poe is simply the 'best'.
Its central idea is that we can get eldorado 'the land of gold' only in
heaven i.e. life after death.in my point of view poe wrote this story to
reflect the mere fact that one gets inner peace and wealth through his
deeds at earth which later are the conditions in which he is judged in
heaven.

Nahom T. from Ethiopia
Comment 34 of 56, added on January 25th, 2006 at 6:36 PM.

The origin of El Dorado comes from 16th century British men, such as Sir
Walter Raleigh who searched for a land of gold, called El Dorado in Guiana
and through out South America but never found it, because it didn't exist

jennifer from Canada
Comment 33 of 56, added on December 21st, 2005 at 11:57 AM.

Does anybody know where "eldorado" by E. A. Poe was published? And perhaps
also in europe?! Would be very helpful.
thx,
bye

TT

Trip from Germany
Comment 32 of 56, added on November 29th, 2005 at 1:44 PM.

WOW. JUST. WOW

eldorado from Czech Republic
Comment 31 of 56, added on November 10th, 2005 at 6:08 AM.

Poe is a magnificant writer!I absolutly adore all his pomes and short
stories.

JD from United States
Comment 30 of 56, added on November 9th, 2005 at 10:22 AM.

dude i done saw the road to el dorado. it dont give this here poem good
justice. i like that there movie lots and lots. that guy that done speaked
about them queers was right. they is queer. i dont care much for this poem
but i liked it lots and lots. thank ya'll and goodnight from the big
FREDNECK MARYLAND

Zach from United States
Comment 29 of 56, added on October 12th, 2005 at 3:11 AM.

Poe as brilliant as he was, made quite a few interesting references in this
poem. The reference to El Dorado itself was based on the Spanish explorers
looking for the famous "City of Gold". Which ofcourse was never found.
His reference to a young noble knight searching for this famed city, shows
the impetuous nature of youth. And he shows how the futile search ends in
death when the shadow apears. Is he saying that for those of us who have
an unreachable dream, that the sweet serenity of death is as good as
reaching our goal? Perhaps. He at this point in his life was an avid
absybth user and found great solice in escaping reality. Sad as it is, Poe
felt a great loss in his life and spent a great deal of time reflecting on
it. He wanted the woman of his dreams to come back, but alas that did not
happen. Maybe the message here is simply that if you have an unreachable
goal the only bit of peace you'll find is when you are dead...

bk from United States
Comment 28 of 56, added on October 10th, 2005 at 9:45 PM.

I'm one of those that grew up loving the recitation by James Caan in the
John Wayne movie by this same name. I never knew where these lines
actually came from until now. I decided to do a web search after hearing
Kiefer Sutherland quote some of the lines in Young Guns II. I am glad that
I did so, I never had a clue that this was from Poe.

Dan from United States
Comment 27 of 56, added on September 11th, 2005 at 12:31 AM.

what does the shadow mean? it appears in every stanza and has different
meanings. what do they mean respectively? i believe that eldorado is
actually a place that you can never get there. it's not realistic just like
the dreams during the time of gold rush.

umh from Singapore

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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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