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Helen Of Troy

Helen of Troy has always been looked upon as the prototype of classic beauty. Known as “the face that launched a thousand ships”, Helen was known as the most beautiful woman in the world in Greek legend. These poems present a contrasting yet fascinating manner in which two people view this woman. The two poems depict a different side of Helen that is shown through the use of imagery, diction, and structure; Poe’s being a more positive beauty of Helen, and Doolittle’s being a hateful and blameful tone toward Helen. One is able to grasp a clear picture in each poem of how Helen is viewed through the evident imagery in each piece. Poe tells of Helen’s, “hyacinth hair, classic face” when he mentions her and almost makes her seem angelic. To him, she is an important figure as he says, “how statue – like I see thee stand” and it is evident that he thinks most highly of her. Doolittle, on the other hand, feels dissimilar as she says, “All Greece hates the still eyes in the white face” and represents Helen to be, “the beauty of cool feet and slenderest knees”. Clearly Doolittle’s poem suggests a harsh and blunt arrangement, much different from Poe’s sense of likeness for Helen. The strong diction and comparisons in each piece show an intense depiction of what each author feels about Helen. Poe states, “they beauty is to me like those Nicean barks of yore” suggesting that she made Greece appear grand and stunningly wonderful with her beauty and brilliance. Doolittle proposes that, “when she smiles, hating it deeper still” still showing her intense hatred for Helen. “Remembering past enchantments and past ills” is remarking that before she even came to Greece they were better than they were then. Their problems and obstacles were now worse because she is there. In this poem, Helen’s role in Greece is more important to the author than her beauty, as Greece is mentioned more than her look...

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