Edgar Allan Poe

To Helen (Original 1831 version)

1831-04

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Author
Edgar Allan Poe
Date
1831-04 First published
Genre
Language English
Notes First published in April 1831 in the collection "Poems". There are at least two versions of this poem, one published in 1831, one in 1845. The 15-line poem was written in honor of Jane Stanard, the mother of a childhood friend.

First line: Helen, thy beauty is to me

The most notable difference between the two versions are the last two lines of the second stanza: "To the beauty of fair Greece, and the grandeur of old Rome" (1831) was changed to "To the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome" (1845).

Note that there's also another poem sometimes published as "To Helen", which starts with "I saw thee once".

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