Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

To Helen - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Helen, thy beauty is to me
Like those Nicean barks of yore,
That gently, o'er a perfumed sea,
The weary, wayworn wanderer bore
To his own native shore.

On desperate seas long wont to roam,
Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
Thy Naiad airs have brought me home
To the glory that was Greece
And the grandeur that was Rome.

Lo! in yon brilliant window-niche
How statue-like I see thee stand,
The agate lamp within thy hand!
Ah, Psyche, from the regions which
Are Holy Land!

Form: Cinquain


Comments about To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe

  • (5/16/2018 8:53:00 AM)


    Be moar repectfullll (Report) Reply

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  • (5/16/2018 8:52:00 AM)


    It's not CHEESY. Y YU SO MEAN? 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😪😪😪😪😰😰😰😨😨😖😨😰 (Report) Reply

  • (5/16/2018 8:52:00 AM)


    It's not CHEESY. Y YU SO MEAN? 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😪😪😪😪😰😰😰😨😨😖😨😰 (Report) Reply

  • (5/16/2018 8:50:00 AM)


    Huehuehue i dun know bout u but I think it's cheeeeseeeeeeeeesy :))) (Report) Reply

  • (12/23/2017 11:51:00 AM)


    The delivery reciting of this beautiful poem is wrong Too harsh (Report) Reply

  • Isaac Halberstadt (8/12/2017 12:20:00 AM)


    This was the only poem by E.A.Poe selected for book I have called 100 Greatest Love Poems. Personally, I think Annabel Lee is a far more stirring, if melancholy, love poem, which would show off Poe's talents for the Macabre very well, but this is still very lovely, of course. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/11/2016 4:17:00 AM)


    On desperate seas long wont to roam,
    Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
    Thy Naiad airs have brought me home
    Beautiful lines. Adorable.
    (Report) Reply

  • Rezaul Amin (6/1/2016 1:30:00 AM)


    nice...............................................so nice (Report) Reply

  • Alisha Castle (12/28/2015 11:40:00 AM)


    It's a real beautiful poetry...so true (Report) Reply

  • Alisha Castle (12/28/2015 11:38:00 AM)


    It's a real beautiful poetry (Report) Reply

  • Folorunso Oladipo Daniel (12/26/2015 1:29:00 AM)


    ..... nice composed and analytically read....... (Report) Reply

  • (9/16/2015 8:41:00 PM)


    .........so lovely, a most wonderful poem for someone special in Poe's life ★ (Report) Reply

  • Sayeed Abubakar (8/20/2015 10:59:00 AM)


    Unparallel. Amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Phanice Wamukota (7/10/2015 1:34:00 PM)


    Poe is one amazing poet. He never dissapoints. Well, at least this far. (Report) Reply

  • (9/3/2014 2:08:00 AM)


    Poe's best, I think. With two of the most quotable lines in all of poetry:

    To the glory that was Greece
    And the grandeur that was Rome.
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  • (11/11/2008 7:39:00 PM)


    So true on what Hitsugaya Kenpachi. Alot of Edgar Allen Poe's work uses greek mythology. Like in the poem 'The Raven' He says the bird sat on top of the bust of Pallis. Pallis was a greek god of Anthea which meant wisdom. He uses such complex details in the simplest manners. (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2008 7:41:00 PM)


    Good poem. Although you need to know some Greek mythology to understand it. Odyseus, the wayworn wanderer. Helen of Troy. Psyche, wife of Eros (Cupid) . (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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