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To Helen

To Helen

by Edgar Allan Poe

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

(4) Base Camp

"To Helen" isn't the easiest poem in the world, but it's not liable to make your brain explode with difficulty. The sentences aren't super-long and tricky or anything like that, but they do contain a lot of references and allusions that require a wee bit of explanation. This makes the poem perhaps seem difficult that it is, and we admit it is kind of annoying when every other line needs to be looked up for the reference. Once you get all the info that we give you in our "Detailed Summary," though, you'll find that the poem is really a pretty straightforward expression of good old fashioned love.

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