To Helen

"Thy Hyacinth Hair, Thy Classic Face" . . .

Thy Classic Poetry Reading

Do you like poetry?

Well, even if you don't, you should still come for the following reasons.

1. Poetry

  • Come see an assortment of classic poems being performed live! And, hey, if that's not enough to sell you, I'll be there, too, performing "To Helen" by Edgar Allan Poe, which is, once again— a classic!

2. Do you even need any other reasons? I mean, I said I'd be there, didn't I?

Reasons Why You Shouldn't Come:

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About To Helen

"To Helen" is yet another brilliant Poe-m (ha-ha) written by none other than Edgar Allan Poe. The poem opens with the author explaining how Helen's beauty is to him is like what finding a ship is to someone lost at sea. Later, Poe again compares himself to a lonely man for whom Helen's beauty has functioned like a saving grace (this time, her hair and face remind him of ancient Greece and Rome). Basically, the whole poem is about how much the speaker adores this girl named "Helen," whose name isn't really Helen (if we're talking realistically, of course).

The poem is based on Poe's alleged first love, the mom of one of his best friends. *cough* Awkard. *cough* He calls the girl "Helen", in his poem, because he's comparing the girl, who's actual name is Jane Stannard, to the Helen of Troy, the supposedly most beautiful girl in all of the world.

Having said that, why not come to the Poetry Reading that is, in fact, next Wednesday, December 16th?

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