Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Eldorado - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

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!"


Comments about Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/7/2016 1:20:00 AM)

    In search of wealth. Nice work. (Report) Reply

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  • Pilgrim Shadow (7/29/2015 12:42:00 PM)

    Is it too late to come on the home?
    я думаю, знаешь, что с этим делать
    v622325444/3cb40/IstBloys2r4.jpg (Report) Reply

  • Pilgrim Shadow (7/29/2015 12:40:00 PM)

    Is it too late to come on the home?
    я думаю, знаешь, что с этим делать
    v622325444/3cb40/IstBloys2r4.jpg (Report) Reply

  • Mark Arvizu Mark Arvizu (10/18/2014 1:05:00 PM)

    All that was left of the pilgrim was his shadow (Report) Reply

  • Mazhari David (5/21/2014 3:37:00 AM)

    Have been working on my own Eldorado for the past five years... still a long way to go... for it is nothing but the journey of a life-time* * (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu Babatunde Aremu (5/5/2014 3:59:00 AM)

    Great write from a sage. I like this poem for its deep thought about man's quest (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Guitang Herbert Guitang (4/26/2014 1:09:00 PM)

    Perfect interconnection to each other. Highly poetic (Report) Reply

  • Ryan Girardot (4/10/2014 12:03:00 AM)

    This is one of hte most interesting Poe poems because of its deviation from his darker themes. The story of the man searching for El Dorado (the mythical city of gold) , but never finding it. The pilgrim shadow the knight meets is hinted to be Death himself, and to reveals to reach El Dorardo, one must (among other things) cross the valley of shadow....Sound famililar? The poem talks of a man's search for heaven on earth, and his revelation on his deathbed that there can only be a true heaven for the dead. I adore this poem. A classic. (Report) Reply

  • Deborah Smith (3/29/2014 7:21:00 PM)

    I became interested in this particular poem by viewing the John Wayne movie, El Dorado. I have always loved the works of Edgar Allen Poe since I was a child. (Report) Reply

  • Rubab Atwal (1/7/2014 7:59:00 AM)

    i love this poem....since years its been my favorite... its one of the most artistic poems...... (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (12/30/2013 7:43:00 AM)

    .........astonishing...a great poem on the theme of death...a brilliant write..

    Eldorado

    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!

    Edgar Allan Poe (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (12/10/2013 12:09:00 PM)

    Helluva good poem it is. (Report) Reply

  • Donald Schou (4/15/2013 6:22:00 PM)

    It almost has a sing-song feel to it. (Report) Reply

  • Marika Marko (1/7/2013 10:36:00 AM)

    i really like this poem... marika (Report) Reply

  • Mark Jensen Mark Jensen (1/7/2013 1:33:00 AM)

    Had to look up bedight! (= 'bedecked, arrayed.)

    Interesting and romantically mysterious... who is this pilgrim shadow, and what does he mean? It reminds me of the story of the gatekeeper in Kafka's 'The Trial.' (Report) Reply

  • Sabrina Thames (12/19/2012 12:52:00 PM)

    whats the theam for the third stanza (Report) Reply

  • Duza Latosha (5/23/2012 12:20:00 PM)

    Amazing Poe! Hauntingly Brilliant! More of his poems at poemhunters.com (Report) Reply

  • Kenneth Bauman (1/20/2012 12:14:00 PM)

    Poe is teaching something in Eldorado. He is secretly telling where Eldorado is as Poe will not be around much longer (yes he knew this) . Poe faked his murder and went to France for a reason. Why on earth did a Frenchman (Baudelaire) begin to translate Poe's work in 1852 if Poe himself didn't orchestrate the project? Poe is telling an American secret in Eldorado. It's not on land! ! but over the arch of the nine mountains in the line of the shadow! ! for a distance from somewhere... Poe was running from his demise in America...it was time for him to go. Poe was absolutely brilliant. So sad he's been painted black here in this country. Write me: kabauman86@hotmail.com (Report) Reply

  • Assorted Thoughts (1/7/2012 10:53:00 PM)

    Good comment, YAH
    I have to admit, most of Poe's material goes right over my head (Report) Reply

  • Dwight Moody Bernardo Dwight Moody Bernardo (1/7/2012 10:15:00 PM)

    This is one of the most artistic poems I've read... the story is deep... Indeed E.A.P IS and always will be a great writer (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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