analysis/criticism of "To Helen" (1831) : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

Hey my english teacher Goody Henderson is making us do a project which involves analyzing an American romantic poem and I've been assigned "To Helen" written in 1831 by Poe. However, I can find absolutely nothing including a critique or analysis of the poem. so if anyone can help me i'd appreciate it! thanks <3

-- Anonymous, October 23, 2003


I myself cant remember what "TO HELEN" is about or anything. But just read the poem as if you did not have to do a project on it. Read it with an open mind and let it speak to you in its own way.

-- Anonymous, October 23, 2003

Helen is actually about a school friend's mother. He is comparing her to Psyche, Cupid's wife, the goddess of the human soul. Hope that helps.

-- Anonymous, October 26, 2003

One of his childhoods friends mother is believed to have been the subject of "to helen." It is thought they shared a romantic relationship - she went mad and died.

-- Anonymous, October 29, 2003

I also have to write a paper in hwich i contrast Poe's poem "To Helen" and and Helen by H.D. I was wondering if you had any insight on Poe's imagery, diction, form, or tone in his poem. Your input would be most helpful ~Thanks

-- Anonymous, December 15, 2003

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