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When reading the poems To Helen by Edgar Allen Poe and Helen by Hilda Doolittle and knowing nothing about Helen of Troy one would be thoroughly confused about her character Acclaimed in the ancient world for her beauty Helen was the wife of the Greek king Menelaus and her seizure by Paris was the cause of the Trojan War The two poems about Helen are so different in nature in that they are worth exploring in depth to gain a better understanding of why each writer thought the way they did First lets discuss the deviation of the two writers views The first line in Poes poem is Helen your beauty is to me by which you can infer he has indisputably put a value on her appearance above all else The fact that Helen was the believed to be the most ravishing woman ever to live is definitely a the main factor in his fondness for her This can be most likely attributed to the fact that he was a straight male Hilda Doolittle on the other hand is a women and woman regardless of their sexuality tend to not place such an emphasis on beauty or in some cases even shun beauty due to jealousy That may be one of the reason that Doolittle was able to look past the face that launched a thousand ships and see more to the story than Poe was able too The authors perspectives are a significant discrepancy in the two poems Another difference between the two pieces are their basic structure and wording Containing eighteen lines Helen is longer than Poes poem and contains a different number of lines in each verse To Helen has 5 lines per verse while the other goes from five to six then to seven lines in each stanza Also the two poems have a different rhyme sequence To Helen skips around with its rhyme sequence but it maintains a flowing
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