What is Eldorado really about?

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What is Eldorado really about. Im not good with symbolism in poems. Could you point some out to me

-- Anonymous, November 05, 2003


In my opinion, it's about the futile pursuits of the unattainable. Eldorado was an imaginary place of wealth that many spent years searching for, so, this "knight" is on a fruitless quest. Later in the poem when it says "his strength / Failed him at length" probably means he's died and comes into contact with a "pilgrim shadow" which I think is either his soul, or Death. This "shade" tells him where to go to reach heaven or paradise. Overall, it seems likely that this person has spent his entire life in search for paradise or something else unattainable, when it was only attainable through death anyway. Basically, don't waste your life in fruitless pursuits because you'll get whatever you want in death. I don't completely agree with this as I am an atheist, but Edgar probably wasn't. Anyway, I don't really know if that helps, but meh.

-- Anonymous, November 08, 2003

i think that poe wrot it and didnt think he would be famous...................................tac big

-- Anonymous, June 06, 2004

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