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Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay
Welcome to the land of symbols, imagery, and wordplay. Before you travel any further, please know that there may be some thorny academic terminology ahead. Never fear, Shmoop is here. Check out our...
Form and Meter
Rhyming Couplets in Trochaic TetrameterLet's deal with the rhyme scheme first, because it's pretty simple (well, mostly…). The basic idea here is that the lines of this poem make little rhyme...
Doesn't this guy sound a lot like your Cure-listening, black-wearing, super-dramatic friend? You know, the one who can make a bad mood seem like the coolest thing in the world? Who reads old poetry...
Have you ever been on one of those amusement park haunted-house rides where you get pulled along in a little car and things jump out at you? OK, imagine the coolest possible version of that, and we...
Readers beware! We think this whole poem sounds like a hypnotist's spell. The rhythm of the lines – coming in short little pulses – rocks you back and forth. In a way, the rhyming makes...
What's Up With the Title?
The title is key in this poem. It sets our expectations for the whole thing, letting us know that this poem is going to describe, or at least relate to, a place called Dream-Land. What's more, Poe,...
Musical Sadness, Beautiful LossIn their heart of hearts, all of Poe's great poems are about the pain of losing someone. In a way, though, they are also about the intensity of grief, and how that fe...
(4) Base Camp Poe definitely throws in some tough words here, and it's pretty hard to tell what he's describing at some points. Still, we think that once you've got a general sense of what's going...
Poe was basically an orphan by the age of three, when his mother died (his father was out of the picture). Probably tough on him, but maybe it helps us see where all this sad and depressing content...
GNo sex here. Not a bit. Still, if this we're a movie, we probably wouldn't take the kids.
Literary and Philosophical ReferencesUltima Thule (line 6): In ancient times, this referred to the most northern part of the world. Ultima means "farthest" in Latin. "Thule" was the name for an isl...
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