Gaily bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

But he grew old–
This knight so bold–
And o’er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow-
“Shadow,” said he,
“Where can it be–
This land of Eldorado?”

“Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,”
The shade replied–
“If you seek for Eldorado!”

Analysis, meaning and summary of Edgar Allan Poe's poem Eldorado


  1. Gregory says:

    i love the poem and its meaning, that there is a place that you want to be throughout your life but you may never find it.

  2. debra says:

    we belive this is a prson who has strong feeling about a medow. am i right????

    class 10 at high school

  3. Emile Moelich says:

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

  4. obyM says:

    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.

  5. Kern says:

    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 it.

  6. Russellboy says:

    I looking at this poem for a project!

  7. Christina says:

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

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