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To Helen Summary & Analysis
by Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe wrote "To Helen" in honor of a woman named Jane Stanard, who died many years before he published this poem in The Raven, and Other Poems (1845). The speaker of "To Helen" doesn't just see his beloved as beautiful. He sees her as stunningly beautiful, lovely as the legendary Helen of Troy herself—and the very sight of her face transports him to a world of classical myth and magic. Beauty, in this poem, is both overwhelming and strangely comforting: gazing at his goddess-like beloved, the speaker feels he's come home at last.

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