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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org