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Analysis and comments on To Helen 1 by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 28 of 98, added on April 4th, 2007 at 9:00 AM.

why does he use the w..like i know its a repetitive words..with w? but why

ang from United States
Comment 27 of 98, added on March 13th, 2007 at 11:06 PM.

erin helped a lot, thanks...
now about the subject....there's never a concrete answer, has anyone ever
considered that a poem is layered with an obvious meaning and other
meanings at the same time....yea it's about helen, the college board says
so anyway...but if it were ONLY about helen then it wouldn't be classic
poetry, it'd be a poem about helen....the underlying themes and purposes
are left to interpretation and only poe could tell us who it was
about...but instead of finding a specific person who could be the subject,
generalizations will get you closer to the theme of the poem and will give
you a more universal sense of its meaning and significance....so yeah

shinny from United States
Comment 26 of 98, added on April 10th, 2006 at 6:34 PM.

This poem isn't about Helen of Troy. He makes a metaphor to Helen of Troy
and Psyche in order to describe the beauty of his first love, Mrs. Stanard.
Helen of Troy was the most beautiful woman in Greek mythology and Psyche
was a princess whom Eros (the Greek and Roman god of love) was in love
with. Psyche literally means soul in Greek, and therefore Helen of Troy
represents Mrs. Stanard's physical beauty while Psyche represents Mrs.
Stanard's soulful beauty.

Trust me. I did a 4000 word essay on this.

miranda from United States
Comment 25 of 98, added on April 6th, 2006 at 5:19 AM.


Altri 3 from Australia
Comment 24 of 98, added on March 24th, 2006 at 3:40 AM.

This poem seems us very beautiful

igor & steo from Australia
Comment 23 of 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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

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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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