Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Great Regulars: Helen is a woman cursed with

a form of beauty that is sexually alluring. In most of literature, Helen's the mythic version of Jayne Mansfield, "the girl [who] can't help it," but with serious consequences. In H.D.'s poem, Helen isn't seen through the eyes of an appreciative lover, but of the envious mob. She's the dangerous woman, one the haters would be willing to burn at the stake.

from Slate: The Mythic Love Poem


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