Analysis of Poe's first Helen(1831) -ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

I have to do a presentation tonight on Poe's first "To Helen" poem. If someone can provide me with an analysis or thoughts regarding this work I will REALLY appriciate it!!

-- Anonymous, May 07, 2001


A poem of youth reworked to mature perfection. Classical imagery. Dedicated to mrs. Stannard? Ellen Royster later? Helen-Psyche(soul)-Poe's inner muse, ideal soul, longing for the supernal beauty of perfection. Catullus may be the influenetial connection more than Homer. see Silverman's biography of Poe. Unrequited, unnatained, but a spiritual beacon for Poe. Window niche- inner eye? Two parts: the voyage image of longed for repsoeful destination, the sight of Helen bearing light in the window. Sorry, very rushed at present.

-- Anonymous, May 07, 2001

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