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To Helen Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- How does mythology function in this poem? Does it make the poem more enjoyable? Prettier? More confusing?
- How effectively does the speaker declare his love? Would you be moved if somebody wrote this poem for you? Why?
- 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?
- Does it ever seem like Helen isn't real? Does she seem completely made up, fantastical, or mythical?