This poem has taken on a special resonance —

And o’er his heart a shadow—
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

I find it puzzling that in the concluding stanza, where the idea evoked, that Eldorado exists in an impossible to arrive at place, seems to admit of a wide choice of vocabulary, Poe chooses two words in which the rhyme is notably poor: — pairing the ‘-tains’ of ‘mountains’ with ‘moon.’ Quite a contrast with the other stanzas’ “length/ strength” “knight/ bedight” “old/bold”.

‘Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,’
The shade replied,—
‘If you seek for Eldorado!’

What are the mountains of the moon?

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