Summary Of Edgar Allan Poe's Eldorado

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The world is full of mystery, and there are many places that some people believe it has been lost in time or forgotten in history. We learn about these lost places in this world, like Atlantis or Camelot from books that we read, but some people believe that they are just legends or cannot be found. On the other hand, some of these places can be rediscovered by people who traveled so far to seek these lost places and what happened to them, like Great Zimbabwe, Xanadu, and Mycenae. Furthermore, it shows the ideas of having the perseverance and the faith for people to do the impossible even if they don 't succeed. In Edgar Allan Poe 's poem, "Eldorado," the speaker tells about a knight 's journey throughout his lifetime: the knight is searching…show more content…
From the following lines of the third stanza, Poe explains about the knight’s aging process caused him to see a shadowy figure like a spirit: “ He met a pilgrim shadow-/ “Shadow,” said he,/ Where can it be.../- This land of Eldorado?” (15-18). Poe uses the imagery of a pilgrim shadow, who’s helping the knight to find Eldorado. He expressed the shadow of pilgrim because pilgrim is a person who travels on a journey to find their life purpose. He also prefers a shadow rather than a spirit or ghost because it’s dark and gloomy, not positive. The reason why the knight can able to see the shadow of a pilgrim because the knight is hanging in the balance between life and death state in his final days of his journey, which causes some effects of seeing dead spirits. Poe questions about the knight and his journey to Eldorado because the knight is expressing his feeling of bewilderment like being lost in the woods and find nowhere to go. The question lefts behind the unclear mystery about Eldorado and the shadow’s true intention toward the…show more content…
Poe’s poem “Eldorado” is literally about the “gallant” knight and his quest to the lost city of Eldorado throughout his lifetime, but he doesn’t find Eldorado after years, and the shadow appears to him and leads him to different locations that are not directly to Eldorado. Poe emphasizes the idea of a mystery and depression in the poem. He also symbolizes Eldorado much like heaven with dreams and purposes. At first, Poe started out this poem very entertaining and fun to read this poem. He also expresses his entire poem from starting with bright and happy in beginning and later turning sad and feeling hopeless. He also related to the deeper meanings of perseverance in finding the difficulty from an adventure even with time and the infinite impossibility. While working at something that’s impossible, the poem ends with the emotional imagery of a knight reminded that the quest is not always able to fulfill, no matter what we
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