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":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: addy223 (---.237.38.117.Dial1.NewYork1.Level3.net)
Date: October 05, 2004 10:58PM

can anyone give me some analysis or website that can give me an analysis about ti helen by poe. i need it soon plzzzz.


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: October 05, 2004 11:40PM

There are two poems titled "To Helen", which one do you mean?


Les


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: Hugh Clary (12.73.175.---)
Date: October 06, 2004 12:33PM


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: addy223 (---.cvx.algx.net)
Date: October 07, 2004 01:58PM

HELEN, thy beauty is to me
Like those Nicean barks of yore,
That gently, o'er a perfumed sea,
The weary way-worn wanderer bore
To his own native shore.

On desperate seas long wont to roam,
Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
Thy Naiad airs have brought me home
To the glory that was Greece,
And the grandeur that was Rome.

Lo ! in yon brilliant window-niche
How statue-like I me thee stand,
The agate lamp within thy hand!
Ah, Psyche, from the regions which
Are Holy-land !

this one! i need help analyzing it plz help!


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: October 07, 2004 02:35PM

Addy, this poem is a tribute to Helen of Troy, a character in Greek mythology.
In analyzing it you will need to look up any foreign words and name places which are unfamiliar to you. Here is a link to a page on Helen:

[en.wikipedia.org] />
In your analysis, you should address the following:

1. Form

2. Meter/rhyme

3. Language

4. Meaning/ literal and figurative

5. Opinion/ overall reaction to the poem


Les


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 07, 2004 03:07PM

Could be Helen of Troy, but see the note at the bottom of the eapoe.org page, where it suggests she was Mrs. Craig Stith Stannard.

[www.eapoe.org] />
The type of analysis required is not specified, but the petitioner should visit the dictionary and look up any unfamiliar terms, such as,

Nicean barks - boats from Nice? No, not dogs, sorry.

HELEN, thy beauty is to me
Like those Nicean barks of yore,

Hyacinth hair - probably red? Hyacinthus - a youth accidentally killed by Apollo.

On desperate seas long wont to roam,
Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,

A Naiad was a water nymph, if memory serves.

Thy Naiad airs have brought me home

An agate I remember from playing marbles, but perhaps it means glasslike and/or cloudy here? Psyche is another Greek myth reference. Loved by Eros and united with him after overcoming Aphrodite's jealousy. Later became the personification of the soul, probably what Poe had in mind here.

The agate lamp within thy hand!
Ah, Psyche, from the regions which
Are Holy-land !

Anyway, note the first two lines and try to follow the extended metaphor (look that up) comparing Helen's beauty to many other things.

The meter is iambic tetrameter with trochaic substitutions (yeah, look those up, too); the rhyme scheme in each stanza is, ababb, cdcdc, effef, for reasons I can only guess. I assume he broke the metrical scheme at the last line to add emphasis to the finish.


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: addy223 (---.236.195.252.Dial1.NewYork1.Level3.net)
Date: October 08, 2004 01:26PM

thank u all for ur help i basically knew all of that and have decided to pick anouther poem. it's too much about another story it doesnt have one within itself. thank u so much though.


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: October 09, 2004 12:36AM

Line 2 of Stanza 3 as quoted above: 'How statue like I me thee stand'

That's also how it's given in the first website cited by Hugh. Presumably 'me' is a typo for 'see'.


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-05rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 10, 2004 11:56AM


'How statue like I me thee stand'

Good catch! It is shown correctly on this page:

[www.eapoe.org]


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: Maka (---.dsl.lsan03.pacbell.net)
Date: December 05, 2004 01:57AM

What does "Nicean barks of yore" mean? Please respond


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: Makaveli (---.dsl.lsan03.pacbell.net)
Date: December 05, 2004 02:37AM

What does "Nicean barks of yore" mean? Please respond


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: December 05, 2004 03:00AM


'yore' means a time long ago.

A 'bark' is a sailing vessel.

'Nicean' [usually written 'Nicaean'] is an adjective from the name of the town Nicaea, which was in ancient Bithynia, in present day Turkey. 'Nicene' means the same thing.


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: hello (---.dsl.irvnca.pacbell.net)
Date: February 15, 2005 09:06PM

does anyone know how Psyche is used in this poem? I know she means soul, but how does it fit in with the poem's effect?

also, can anyone tell me the basic theme of this poem?


Re: ":to helen" by edgar allan poe
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-05rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: February 16, 2005 12:08PM




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