So far, I’ve mostly enjoyed most of the poetry we’ve read. Poe’s poetry is easier for me to dissect and analyze. El Dorado surprised me a bit. It was one of the few pieces of literature that I’ve read from Poe where it starts on a relatively light note. But inevitably, it ended on despair. I mean, it wouldn’t be Poe if it didn’t focus on sadness and despair, now would it? I could relate in a way to Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado”. That story also started a bit more light than others from Poe where the men are merely friends conversing. But it takes a dark turn at the end where there ends up being a murder committed. This tactic gives an eerie and suspenseful feeling to the writing which suits Poe’s writing style quite well.
I feel like our analysis of El Dorado went pretty well. The thing that tripped the most people up though was the allusion to the Bible with “The Valley of the Shadow”. That I feel is a detail that can be easily missed. Finding the rhythm was slightly hard as well, especially with the female endings. I still detest looking for that and meter, even though I’ve been doing this for years. I rather liked Poe’s use of a nursery rhyme-sounding rhythm. It effectively made the poem eerie, spooky, suspicious, and creepy. It was quite interesting how he continually used El Dorado and shadow throughout all the verses. I can’t recall a poem outside of this one where the author uses the same words for all the verses. I believe it was done to emphasize their importance and meaning, as they both are central elements to the main point of the story.
I have yet to come with a solid idea for a poem. Poetry has never been and will never be my strongest suit as I personally find it much too restrictive and flowery for my taste. I considered doing something about struggle towards a goal. However, I do not know how I am going to make this concept into a poem.