Quotes from Poe's Poems
Quote: Gaily bedight, / A gallant knight, / In sunshine and in shadow, / Had journeyed long, / Singing a song, / In search of Eldorado. (1-6).
Analysis: Here we have the first stanza to the poem "Eldorado." In the first stanza the knight (pardon this incredibly trite expression) finds joy in the journey (bedight means to decorate or dress). The word bedight is a Middle English word, which makes sense since knights lived in the Middle Ages. This, my friends, is one helluva gaily decorated, armored man (for an in depth analysis of "Eldorado," follow the link).
Quote: Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, / In there stepped a stately raven, of the saintly days of yore.
Analysis: And in here steps the most famous character in the most famous poem written by an American author. The arrival of a talking bird satisfies the American Romantic fascination with death and the supernatural, as the bird torments the narrator about his lost love, Lenore. Once again we see the theme of losing one's love in an Edgar Allan Poe literary work.
Quote: From the bells, bells, bells, bells, / Bells, bells, bells,-- / From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.
Analysis: This sample from "The Bells" demonstrates how Poe masterfully uses sound devices to create an impression. "The Bells" contain alliteration, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia, repetition, internal rhyme, and any other sound device you can think of (For a more in depth look at "The Bells," follow the link).