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Analysis and comments on To Helen 1 by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 24 of 314, added on March 24th, 2006 at 3:40 AM.

This poem seems us very beautiful

igor & steo from Australia
Comment 23 of 314, added on March 8th, 2006 at 12:51 PM.

atually this poem is written about Helen Whitman a poet. She wrote him a
poem on valentimes day and he returned the favor by writing "to helen"

jessica from United States
Comment 22 of 314, added on March 4th, 2006 at 5:47 PM.

And Arielle, how are you so positively sure that it is a poem based on
Helen of Troy? Although it's a very popular idea, it does not mean it's

I believe that although the poem may have had some influence from Helen of
Troy, Poe does not describe her beauty, but rather the idea of beauty at
its perfection.

Deborah from China
Comment 21 of 314, added on February 1st, 2006 at 6:40 PM.

Poe is not specifically apostrophizing Helen of Troy. Rather, he is
discussing beauty and all beautiful woman. He longs for the comfort and
hope that such perfection embodies. A flawlessly beautiful woman holding a
light is a beacon of hope. I like to think of the Statue of Liberty as an
image for this poem, although it did not exist when Poe composed this work.

Sarah from United States
Comment 20 of 314, added on January 25th, 2006 at 6:47 PM.

...are idiots. the poem is written about helen of troy, who left her
husband (menelaus) for this new guy, Paris (which started the Trojan wars).
When menelaus goes to kill his unfaithful wife, he is again struck by her
beauty, and cannot kill her. instead, he sends her to the greek ships.
the poem is writted from his point of a view, with an emphasis on how he is
taking her back to their home (in case you dipshits didn't realize, the
"Nicean barks of yore" is a reference to a large ship, one that he
recognizes from the past)

Arielle from United States
Comment 19 of 314, added on January 24th, 2006 at 5:20 PM.

This poem is quite intresting. I love almost all of edgars work but this
one is really amazing. 'tis sometimes hard to predict allans work, but at
least he left us a peice of him to cherish forever and ever...... and yes I
am an edgar allan poe freak! ;-)

ashley from United States
Comment 18 of 314, added on January 12th, 2006 at 10:35 AM.

This doesn't make sense! This is a POS poem! Its really gay! Whats the
point of it!?!?!?!

Preston from United States
Comment 17 of 314, added on December 6th, 2005 at 4:53 PM.

this is ones of poe's greatest works of art. this must be charished and
more widley spread. this is a GREAT! poem.


Erin thanks for the comment, it turly helped a poe lover like me

Eva from United States
Comment 16 of 314, added on December 5th, 2005 at 5:00 AM.

I believe this peom is about America, and especially about the Statue of
Liberty: (lamp within thy hand)-->
America (from the regions which Are Holy Land / a land that has the glory
of Greece and the Grandeur of Rome.)

Ray from United States
Comment 15 of 314, added on December 1st, 2005 at 10:47 AM.

theres no way anyone ewill ever know exactly who "to helen" was actully
about. all we can do is make predictions and eleberate off of them. i
think it's silly trying to guess this becouse this is just as mysterious as
poe's exact death!

kyle from United States

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: To Helen 1
Year: 1831
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jul 25 2005

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