© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
To Helen

To Helen


by Edgar Allan Poe

To Helen Art and Culture Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Line)

Quote #4

The agate lamp within thy hand! (13)

An awesome rock (agate) lamp? Sure sounds like a work of art if we ever saw one. Psyche-Helen is holding the lamp, so it seems like she's associated with art. Some scholars say Jane Stanard (i.e., Helen) first encouraged Poe to write poetry, so perhaps this is a secret little reference to her role in Poe's artistic life.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...