When I was in the 4th grade, we had to pick a poem, memorize it & recite it in front of the class. I chose Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe. I loved Poe. I can’t recall what it was specifically about his imagery, which has always been described as dark, did for me. Seems strange now that I would have been so into Poe as a kid. Anyways, this just popped into my head & I wanted to share. This is the 1st poem I ever remember reading. To this day I remember all the words. I love that the poem is a complete story. It’s VERY vivid to me. I have always imagined the knight as being Don Quixote in an alternate universe. Why? I have no idea.

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!”