Remembering Edgar Allan Poe: El Dorado

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Edgar Allan Poe is someone who changed the face of literature itself. Though he died a mysterious and tragic death, I wanted to honor his memory with one of his poems: El Dorado.

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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