Why did he write a poem about Helen?greenspun.com : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread
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-- Anonymous, April 02, 2004
He wrote many pieces of literature to women he was infatuated with, loved or just dreamt about. Helen was a women he loved around his teenage years (15, I believe). He wrote these poems as tokens - or gifts - to these women. Many of whom died.
-- Anonymous, April 04, 2004
He wrote a poem about Helen because he was in love with her. He always fonded over how wonderful she was and how perfect she made everything seem. Also she was a whore and he liked that. Michelle always says that if cesear is there than she is a whore.
-- Anonymous, April 05, 2004
As a tribute to mrs. stanrd, a friend who died. She was a mentor who encouraged his litarary arts as a youth. The poem actually contains idealized symbols of his daily journeys to her house. In the early version she has a "little scroll" in her hand, symbolic of the literature she shared with him. Also he likely had a crush on her totally idealized in classical imagery. She had been influential in supplying the refuge of poetry, typifying the Ideal. Being dead the relationship became even more idealized and a wellspring of memory in a troubled life. He used to visit her grave with her son, his school chum. This poem contains many symbols and references important to other poems.
Relating her to Helen, a beacon through the storms, a quiet harbor, the epitome of the classical, Psyche(Soul) shows his closeness in time to her powerful memory. By the time he wrote "Ulalume" death and loss can achieve no such great comfort in memory and in fact the power of that muse can also be a dread haunting, and sorrow inescapable.
-- Anonymous, April 07, 2004