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by H.D.

Helen Summary

"Helen" is a short poem made up three stanzas. Each stanza describes Greece's reaction to Helen (after she has been whisked away to Troy by Paris, that is). In the first stanza, we're told that "all Greece hates" Helen; they hate her eyes and her hands. In the second stanza, we're told that "all Greece reviles" her face—particularly her smiles, and her expressions of sadness. In the third stanza, we're told that the only way Greece can love Helen is if she's dead. That's way harsh, Greece.

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