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ELDORADO

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ELDORADO
Biographical Approach
Historical Approach
1847: California Gold Rush
California originally dominated by Mexicans and Native Americans
Eldorado County is in the heart of California
One of the major gold digging sites
Included cities such as Coloma, Georgetown, Eldorado, Placerville
George Marshall sparked the Gold Rush
Found gold in Coloma at Sutter's Mill
Boom towns appeared near digging site
Quickly deserted when gold diminished
Era of the 49ers
Psychological Approach
-- emotional trauma:
mother, father, and wife died to tuberculosis, leading to emotional detachment
after his wife’s death, Poe resorted to using alcohol as a distraction. This enhances feelings of depression, isolation, and anxiety
-- Poe was claimed to have a “double self” in his works, indicating that he suffered from a bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
-- Poe’s cause of death was proclaimed cerebral (brain) congestion. Common symptoms were depression and maniac outbursts.
Rhyme Scheme and Meter
THE SHADOW ANSWERS THAT TO GET TO THE CITY, THE KNIGHT MUST CROSS A DARK VALLEY AND PERSEVERE TO FIND ELDORADO.
Huan Do
Dayna Nguyen
Naomi Pham
Diana Tran

By: Edgar Allan Poe
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!"
Eldorado
Literal/Figurative
1809-1849
his mother died from tuberculosis
adopted by Frances and John Allan
Wife- Virgina Clemm; his inspiration
Gothic writing style
his wife died January 31,1847 from tuberculosis
Died 1849
speculations of death- alcoholism, rabies, epilepsy, or carbon monoxide poisoning
Eldorado was published in April 21, 1849
DIDST
Works Cited
The California Gold Rush." El Dorado County Historical Museum. Google Sites, n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.
<http://museum.edcgov.us/for-kids/the-california-gold-rush>.
"Edgar Allan Poe Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story - Biography.com." BIO. A+E Networks, 2014. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.
<http://www.biography.com/people/edgar-allan-poe-9443160>.
Fultz, Lynn, Jessica Wright, and Katie Castle. "Edgar Allan Poe." Dr. Geri Strecker. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.
<http:/gstrecker.iweb.bsu.edu/poepoetry.htm>.
GC, Román. "Cerebral congestion. A vanished disease. [Arch Neurol. 1987] - PubMed - NCBI." National Center for Biotechnology
Information. National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1987. Web. 2 Mar. 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3548668>.
"The Gold Rush Chronicles." ComSpark Web Design, Graphics, Photography - El Dorado County, California, Sierras,. ComSpark, n.d.
Web. 2 Mar. 2014. <http://www.comspark.com/chronicles/eldorado.htm>.
Poe Museum. "Death Theories | Poe's Life | Edgar Allan Poe Museum." Edgar Allan Poe Museum : Poe's life, legacy, and Works :
Richmond, Virginia. Poe Museum, 2013. Web. 2 Mar. 2014. <http://www.poemuseum.org/life-death.php>.
Poe Museum. "Poe's Life | Edgar Allan Poe Museum." Edgar Allan Poe Museum : Poe's life, legacy, and Works : Richmond, Virginia.
Poe Museum, 2013. Web. 2 Mar. 2014. <http://www.poemuseum.org/life.php>.
"Poe's Poetry Study Guide : Summary and Analysis of "Eldorado" | GradeSaver." Study Guides & Essay Editing | GradeSaver.
GradeSaver LLC, n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2014. <http://www.gradesaver.com/poes-poetry/study-guide/section11/>.
Robinson, Lawrence, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. "Emotional and Psychological Trauma: Causes, Symptoms, Help."
Helpguide helps you help yourself and others. Helpguide.org, Feb. 2014. Web. 2 Mar. 2014. <http://www.helpguide.org/mental/emotional_psychological_trauma.htm>.
Willie, Drye. "El Dorado Legend." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.
<http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/archaeology/el-dorado/>.
Eldorado Myth
the Spaniards about the natives, who made ceremonial offerings of gold and jewelry to Lake Guatavita when a new chief was pronounced. The chief would be sprinkled with gold dust and be called El Dorado, the gilded one. The Spaniards of this time heard about these rich sacrifices and set out to reap the lake of its wealth. Once at the lake, they drained it to reach the bottom where the gold would have fallen, which was incidentally thought of as the City of Gold, or El Dorado. However, the valuables were no where to be found, thus creating the legend.
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!"
HAPPILY
A HEROIC KNIGHT
All THE TIME
HAD TRAVELED FOR A LONG TIME
SINGING/LIVELY
AS HE SEARCHED FOR THE CITY OF GOLD
A LONG TIME PASSED
Gaily bedight,
A
A gallant knight,
A
In sunshine and in shadow,
B
Had journeyed long,
C
Singing a song,
C
In search of Eldorado.
B

But he grew old-
D
This knight so bold-
D
And o'er his heart a shadow
B
Fell as he found
E
No spot of ground
E
That looked like Eldorado.
B

And, as his strength
F
Failed him at length,
F
He met a pilgrim shadow-
B
"Shadow," said he,
G
"Where can it be-
G
This land of Eldorado?"
B

"Over the Mountains
H
Of the Moon,
I
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
B
Ride, boldly ride,"
J
The shade replied-
J
"If you seek for Eldorado!"
B
SINCE THE BEGINING OF HIS SEARCH, WHEN HE WAS LIVELY AND FULL OF LIFE
HE BEGAN TO LOSE HOPE
MORE TIME PASSED
THE KNIGHT WAS DYING
HE MET A TRAVELER'S SHADOW
HE ASKS THE SHADOW WHERE ELDORADO IS
HIS SEARCH WAS FRUITLESS

The City of Gold was a legend told by
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!"
People normally begin projects motivated and full of vigor; they are naive.
Key
Diction=white
Imagery=underline
Syntax=red
Detail=arrow


As their search fails to bear fruit, people lose their integrity to continue.
Hopelessness settles in, but people refuse to recognize their own failures and are in denial.
There is newfound hope, and as the momentum of motivation builds up yet again, people persist on striving towards their desires because
man is constantly searching for their ultimate desires
.
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6

19
20
21
22
23
24
13
14
15
16
17
18

California Gold Rush
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8
9
10
11
12
couplet
couplet
couplet
couplet
couplet
couplet
couplet
end rhyme
IAMBIC DIMETER
IAMBIC DIMETER
Diction:
"Gaily" (1)
"sunshine" (3)
"Singing" (5)
Syntax
:
the repetition of "shadow" and "Eldorado" in the third and last lines of each stanza indicate Poe's belief that people live their lives searching for something unattainable, since shadows are intangible concepts. With this, he indirectly shows that Eldorado is intangible to the knight.
Poe juxtaposes "sunshine and... shadow" (3) and "Moon... Shadow" (20-21) to show how interconnected life is to death.
"Down the Valley of the Shadow" (21) alludes to Psalm 23:4 of the bible, meaning the knight must continue to death.
Imagery
:
alliteration in lines 5 and 10
the "pilgrim shadow" (15) is personified to be a wise figure
The symbols of "moon" (20) and "shadow" (21) represent heaven and hell
Diction:
"shadow" (9)
"Fell" (10)
Diction:
"Failed" (14)
Diction:
"boldy" (22)
Tone: alacritous
Tone: alacritous
Tone: disheartening
IAMBIC DIMETER
IAMBIC DIMETER
IAMBIC DIMETER
IAMBIC DIMETER
IAMBIC DIMETER
Tone: disheartening
TROCHAIC TETRAMETER
TROCHAIC TETRAMETER
Details
:
Poe is specific in using "knight" (2), "shadow" (3, 9, 15, 21), and "Eldorado" (6, 12, 18, 24).
MONOSYLLABIC TROCHAIC TETRAMETER
MONOSYLLABIC TROCHAIC TETRAMETER
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MONOSYLLABIC TROCHAIC TETRAMETER
MONOSYLLABIC TROCHAIC TETRAMETER
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DACTYLIC TROCHAIC DIMETER
DACTYLIC MONOMETER

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