Eleonora

By Edgar Allan Poe

Madness

During the time of Poe's life many people called him mad (crazy) for giving up school for writing and poetry. In the beginning of Eleonora, Poe talks about that a little bit.

"I AM come of a race noted for vigor of fancy and ardor of passion. Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence -- whether much that is glorious- whether all that is profound..." (Paragraph 1, Poe)

Amour

Like Virginia (Poe's wife), Eleonora is a beautiful young cousin of the narrator whom he falls deeply in love with and marries. Like in the short story how he explained his love for her through the colors and magnificence of the scenery.

"... these spots, not less than the whole surface of the valley, from the river to the mountains that girdled it in, were carpeted all by a soft green grass, thick, short, perfectly even, and vanilla-perfumed, but so besprinkled throughout with the yellow buttercup, the white daisy, the purple violet, and the ruby-red asphodel, that its exceeding beauty spoke to our hearts in loud tones, of the love and of the glory of God." (paragraph 5, Poe)

Malaise

Virginia Poe was only 24 years of age when she became Ill and passed away. Like Virginia, Poe interprets the pain of the Illness that took his wife through Eleonora as she also became ill and died in the story.

" She had seen that the finger of Death was upon her bosom -- that, like the ephemeron, she had been made perfect in loveliness only to die; but the terrors of the grave to her lay solely in a consideration which she revealed to me, one evening at twilight, by the banks of the River of Silence." (Paragraph 10, Poe)

Abandonment

Poe had lost his birth mother, who he references in the story. "...the only sister of my mother long departed." (paragraph 3, Poe) He later found love in his wife who also died, leaving him abandon and alone.

"But the void within my heart refused, even thus, to be filled. I longed for the love which had before filled it to overflowing. At length the valley pained me through its memories of Eleonora, and I left it for ever for the vanities and the turbulent triumphs of the world." (Paragraph 13, Poe)

Depression

Throughout Poe's life was was very depressed. A lot of terrible and traumatizing things happened to him. As was also explained in the story.

"..and the world grew dark before mine eyes, and I stood aghast at the burning thoughts which possessed, at the terrible temptations which beset me; for there came from some far, far distant and unknown land..." (Paragraph 15, Poe)