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To Helen

To Helen

by Edgar Allan Poe

Analysis: Allusions

When poets refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Roman poet Catullus (2-5)
  • Homer, Odyssey (2-5)

Mythological References

  • Helen (1, 7-8)
  • Naiads (8)
  • Psyche (14-15)

Historical References

  • Jane Stanard, mother of Poe's childhood friend (throughout) 
  • Ancient Greece (9)
  • Ancient Rome (10)

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