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To Helen

To Helen

by Edgar Allan Poe

Art and Culture Quotes

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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.

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