“To the glory that was Greece": Hellenic patterns in Poe's poetry

Dimitrios Tsokanos

Abstract/Resumen

Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry has repeatedly drawn the attention of many literary critics since his poems have meticulously been delved into from different perspectives. Undeniably, a multitude of references that allude to ancient Greek mythology and classical literature are present within his verses. These have been noticed and delineated by noteworthy Poe scholars such as Scott Peeples, Kenneth Silverman, Daniel Hoffman and Kevin Hayes in several of their researches in the past. However, despite the wide range of studies that have been published, one cannot encounter any mention regarding the existence of Hellenic motifs or even a reference to an apparent Hellenism in Poe’s poetry. In an effort to outline what has already been affirmed with respect to this topic and to unearth additional links between Poe’s works and Greece, the present essay aims to determine the presence of Hellenic motifs in Poe’s “To Helen” and “Lenore”.

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Poe, Greece, Greek mythology, ancient Greece, Helen of Troy, Hellenic motifs.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21071/ltap.v3i3.10831

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Littera Aperta. International Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies

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