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Comment 5 of 55, added on November 10th, 2004 at 9:54 PM.
I think that in order to appreciate Poe's full view on Eldorado, one must
first delve into the realm of a Dark Poet, or rather Dark Romantic. Beauty
is always in the eye of the beholder, but one thing that makes the works of
a Dark Romantic is the aspect of tragedy and loss in their words. Death is
a release from the pain of living, because no matter how wonderful and
happy one's life is, we are born dying, and it doesn't matter what's on the
other side, it's release.
We like to tell ourselves that bliss, heaven or whatever you would like to
name it, is here, that it's closer than we think. It's not. We catch
glimpses of it from time to time, but we are never really able to make it
there. The goal that's just out of reach.
I remember the first time I had ever read Edgar Allen Poe's works. I was
in the third grade and he was my favorite author from the first time I read
The Black Cat, to the time I memorized the Raven in the fourth grade, and
Eldorado in the Fifth grade. I'll always remember that because my fifth
grade teacher was upset about the fact that I wrote dark poems, and
understood his works. I'll never forget Ms. Hussman's reaction to me when
I recited Eldorado, and 15 of the 20 stanzas of The Raven for the class and
proceeded to explain the two poems to the class, and her.
Eldorado will always be one of the many poems of his that has touched my
life the most. It's the silver lining on the dark clouds of my life.
from United States
Comment 4 of 55, added on November 6th, 2004 at 12:17 AM.
great poem, but I had to memorize the whole Raven, and say it to my class,
in SIXTH GRADE! whooie!
from Faroe Islands
Comment 3 of 55, added on October 6th, 2004 at 12:39 PM.
This is an incredible poem. Im only in grade 9 but i have been fascinated
with his works since grade 7. He is an absolute genius and has influenced
me on the way I write dark poetry. For example....
Death, a figment of a desperate mans imagination. Life, a stain of pleasure
on our souls. The present leaves a crimson outline, of a man, who went
insane, over the pleasure of life.
They are very different, but the way I write sort of combines his type of
poetry, and the way i imagine it to be. He has influenced me on all my
writing, and is truly an unrivaled genius.
Comment 2 of 55, added on August 29th, 2004 at 9:37 PM.
MAN WHAT A GREAT POEM! Dont you think, when i was in 8th grade i had to
memorize that biotch and say it to my class...haha oh what great fun! I
still remeber it til this day.
from United States
Comment 1 of 55, added on August 20th, 2004 at 3:57 PM.
Hard as it is to disagree with a genius, I do... I genuinely prefer the
view point that eternal bliss is to be found not in death (as the shadow
traveler suggests) but within oneself. So while I agree entirely that the
quest over the entire Earth should have been fruitless, I really think that
Eldorado lies closer than Poe suggests.
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