Eldorado

Knight for poems for kids Edgar Allen Poe Eldorado
A knight seeks a famous city of gold called Eldorado.
Eldorado

 
 
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!” 

POEMS FOR KIDS BY EDGAR ALLEN POE

 
Header illustration from Pixabay, with thanks. 

LET’S CHAT ABOUT THE POEM ~ IDEAS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS

 
Independent Thinking 

1. El Dorado was a famed city of gold that many adventurers sought but never found. In the poem, the pilgrim’s shadow says that the traveller will need to ride over the mountains of the moon and into frightening places to achieve his goal. What do you think this poem might be saying about achieving special goals?

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