Edgar Allan Poe

To Helen (Revised 1845 version)

1845

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Author
Edgar Allan Poe
Date
1845 First published
Publication Location New York, New York
Genre
Language English
Notes The second version of "To Helen". The first version was published in the 1831 collection "Poems". The revised version appeared in the 1845 collection The Raven and Other Poems.

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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