What does Edgar Allen Poe's "The Lake" mean? i need the interpretations..thanx

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Can u tell me what Edgar Allen Poe's The Lake is about? please please thanx

-- Anonymous, April 01, 2002


I don't know how long ago you posted this question, but I'm going to give a go at it. I recently discovered this poem because I'm doing this whole interpretation/project thingy on it for my ap english class. Anyway, I think it's all about suicide. He talks of this great place in the woods away from society that used to provide him with all kinds of happiness but as "Night" comes, the lake turns violent. But this appeals to him because he's so unhappy and wants to die, thus drowning himself in the lake. The lake at Night represents someone who he loved who is either dead or doesn't love him back, or even someone who was killed in the lake (i.e. some one he used to share the lake with before) and now he wants to go back and does so by killing himself. That's what I got out of it anyway. Not sure if thats what it is meant by the poem, but that's my point of view.

-- Anonymous, September 04, 2003

I think it means that he is comforted by dark etc. He is saying that he likes terror. He obviously writes about dark things and not hapiness. In the poem it says it is not terror to him it is a delight. Also, he says something about being comforted by it. There is one word that means the same as comfort.

-- Anonymous, November 24, 2003

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