Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe
"Eldorado" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. This short poem is about a traveler asking a "shade" where to find the legendary city of El Dorado. He is then told to "ride, boldly ride." Interestingly, Poe uses the word "shadow" in each stanza with a different meaning each time. The metaphor is obviously about life and finding happiness.
"Eldorado" is made up of four stanzas with six lines each. The rhyme scheme is AABCCB.
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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!" Published in April 1849.
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Romanticism, 19th Century