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Analysis and comments on Helen by H. D.

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Comment 6 of 76, added on March 10th, 2010 at 7:50 AM.
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in the poem Helen by h.d. Helen is represented as a source of hatred by all
Greece because she became the cause of war of Trojans. Her beauty is now
considered as destructive because her beauty was responsible for the deaths
of so many people who were killed in the war,her beauty is now lost and is
reduced to ashes.

anuma
Comment 5 of 76, added on November 3rd, 2009 at 3:40 PM.

In "Helen" by H.D., this poem expresses their hate for Helen of Troy. The
once known beautiful Helen is now portrayed as the hated one in all of
Greece.

Keira from United States
Comment 4 of 76, added on April 24th, 2007 at 9:43 PM.

lawrence's poem helen points out the negative of the war. yes this war was
incredible and fought over the beauty of a woman like helen of troy, but
the war also brought about tragedy and despair, and that is what lawrence
is conveying.

mary kate from United States
Comment 3 of 76, added on March 6th, 2006 at 1:10 PM.

This poem represents the hatred Greece had for Helen and the ends to which
they were willing to go to get rid of her. Yet in the end once the hatred
was sated they glorified her name and that she was wrongly born into a
destiny she could never have percieved. Helen is human and feels as we do
yet her part in what took place makes her seem almost god like in the way
her story unfolds.

Kyra Garwood from United States
Comment 2 of 76, added on December 15th, 2005 at 6:52 PM.

"Helen" is a detached, analytical description of Helen of Troy, and a
counterbalance to Poe's poem "To Helen." Poe wrote of Helen as a symbol of
beauty and a representation of the classic elements of Greece and Rome that
many of us admire. But we may glorify Helen and classic antiquity (Greece
and Rome) to such an extent that we fail to see their shortcomings, and
fail to grasp their human and institutional failures. HD is making a harsh
statement: that Helen had to die and become ashes and bones in order to be
glorified. Moreover, the way in which Poe represented her--as an ethereal,
unhuman beauty, never really understood Helen as a human, a real person
with faults and shortcomings. Consider that we in the U.S. have done the
same thing with American Indians. We killed them off and stole their land,
yet now have statues and museums to show how great they were. Must we kill
things that are beautiful and worthy in their own right to be able to
appreciate them?

Wayne Weiss from United States
Comment 1 of 76, added on May 6th, 2005 at 9:55 PM.

This poem is written based on mythical gods. Helen was suppose to be the
prettiest women and was hated. Her beauty started war and many women sought
jelousy.

Tiffany from United States

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Poet: H. D.
Poem: Helen
Added: Jan 31 2004
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