(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)


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!"

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Your poem eldorado is so nice i am reading this poem
Sound, sound sound. Poetry is all about SOUND.
I love this poem. (I am teaching it to my 9 year Grandson)
This poem is brilliant. I read it in my big sisters book and have not been the same about Edgar Allan Poe since! I think it is safe to say that he is one of my favorite american authors.
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