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To Helen

To Helen

by Edgar Allan Poe

To Helen Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. How does mythology function in this poem? Does it make the poem more enjoyable? Prettier? More confusing?
  2. How effectively does the speaker declare his love? Would you be moved if somebody wrote this poem for you? Why? 
  3. Poe wrote an earlier version of the poem that you can read here. Which version is better? Which is a more effective declaration of love?
  4. Does it ever seem like Helen isn't real? Does she seem completely made up, fantastical, or mythical?

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