Hilda Doolittle

(10 September 1886 – 27 September 1961 / Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

Helen

Poem by Hilda Doolittle

All Greece hates
the still eyes in the white face,
the lustre as of olives
where she stands,
and the white hands.

All Greece reviles
the wan face when she smiles,
hating it deeper still
when it grows wan and white,
remembering past enchantments
and past ills.

Greece sees, unmoved,
God's daughter, born of love,
the beauty of cool feet
and slenderest knees,
could love indeed the maid,
only if she were laid,
white ash amid funereal cypresses.


Comments about Helen by Hilda Doolittle

  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (4/2/2020 5:50:00 PM)

    Helen brings Homer's Iliad to life for readers who are not familiar with Greek mythology. Nicely penned, Hilda. : -)(Report)Reply

    Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham(4/2/2020 6:30:00 PM)

    No place to vote, Helen.

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  • Loppo LouieLoppo Louie (4/2/2020 1:24:00 PM)

    Reminds me of
    a Scottish lady named Helen..(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/2/2020 2:03:00 AM)

    Greece sees, unmoved,
    God's daughter, born of love,
    the beauty of cool feet
    and slenderest knees, very fine poem(Report)Reply

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  • HB RitaHB Rita (4/4/2019 8:45:00 PM)

    Helen of Troy......Her beauty is a tragedy. Wonderful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/2/2019 11:51:00 PM)

    The deep sentiments of hatred about Helen in the minds of future generations in Greece marvelously described.(Report)Reply

    HB RitaHB Rita(4/4/2019 8:42:00 PM)

    Why do you think so?

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  • Me Poet Yeps PoetMe Poet Yeps Poet (4/2/2019 6:19:00 PM)

    could love indeed the maid,
    only if she were laid,

    THIS IS UNIVERSALLY APPLICABLE FOR ALL
    KINDLY SEE
    COMPASSIONATELY AND SEXILY
    BE IT GREECE
    OR WHEN LAID
    IN PEACE(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (4/2/2019 8:42:00 AM)

    Interesting poem. It is intriguing to think how people view their past history and see the perspective change from generation to generation.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/2/2019 2:21:00 AM)

    Greece sees, unmoved,
    God's daughter, born of love,
    the beauty of cool feet
    and slenderest knees, ....touching expression. Beautiful poem.Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (4/2/2019 1:42:00 AM)

    beautiful description on Helen-
    ...
    God's daughter, born of love,
    the beauty of cool feet
    and slenderest knees, .../// beautiful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Mary Skarpathiotaki (4/2/2019 12:34:00 AM)

    Excellent 10(Report)Reply

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  • Marieta MaglasMarieta Maglas (4/2/2018 7:22:00 PM)

    All Greece reviles
    the wan face when she smiles,
    hating it deeper still
    when it grows wan and white,
    remembering past enchantments
    and past ills.(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
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  • I like this stanza (4/2/2018 7:19:00 PM)

    All Greece reviles
    the wan face when she smiles,
    hating it deeper still
    when it grows wan and white,
    remembering past enchantments
    and past ills.(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Joshua AdeyemiJoshua Adeyemi (4/2/2018 4:57:00 PM)

    Greece sees, unmoved,
    God's daughter, born of love,
    the beauty of cool feet
    and slenderest knees,
    could love indeed the maid,
    only if she were laid,
    white ash amid funereal cypresses.(Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (4/2/2018 3:03:00 PM)

    Helen of Troy would be a target of much disgust and hatred... her beauty was the source of tragedy for many families.(Report)Reply

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  • alan brown (4/2/2018 2:30:00 PM)

    An interesting poem Hilda. Enjoyed Alan(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/2/2018 3:01:00 AM)

    Well depicted poem with nice penmanship.(Report)Reply

    4 person liked.
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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (4/2/2018 1:22:00 AM)

    Words of wisdom kindle thoughts on love and beauty that are true and lasting ever!(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (4/2/2018 12:50:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Hilda Doittle👍👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/3/2017 12:14:00 AM)

    Simply superb narration of emotions of Greece towards Helen of troy.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003