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Analysis and comments on Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 32 of 52, added on November 29th, 2005 at 1:44 PM.

WOW. JUST. WOW

eldorado from Czech Republic
Comment 31 of 52, 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 52, 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 52, 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 52, 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 52, 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
Comment 26 of 52, added on September 1st, 2005 at 7:15 PM.

eldorado is not about heaven, its about the light at the end of the tunnel
dont give up what seems so far is yet so near. ilearned this poem in 6th
grade and it has me where iam 2 day-striving on

anva from United States
Comment 25 of 52, added on August 4th, 2005 at 5:53 PM.

For anyone concerned, Poe was a Manic-Depressive,(moods swinging from very
good to very bad). I think that he was trying to express the struggle in
his own life,seeking peace of mind and sprit... the truth be known he may
have never found it.One thing we must all realize is that death comes to us
all,the smart thing to do is have yourself prepared to meet God on his
terms,and conditions,Christ is the only way!

john from United States
Comment 24 of 52, added on July 31st, 2005 at 8:04 PM.

I agree that El Dorado is the dream within our heart and the journey to
reach it although very difficult at times can be attained if we don't give
up. It reminds me of the Proverb: "It is the glory of God to conceal a
thing; it is the glory of kings to seek it out."
The poem is quoted throughout the John Wayne movie entitled "El
Dorado". It is my favorite John Wayne movie ever!

Dan Ellerton from United States
Comment 23 of 52, added on July 10th, 2005 at 3:06 PM.

Demon Killer wrote that El Dorado was actually heaven. I don't think so.
There is some question about Poe's religious beliefs. Some hold that he
was an atheist; others that he never lost his religions background. In
an case, I don't think this poem has anything to do with religion.

Lou Parris 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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