Helen in Egypt

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New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1974 - Literary Criticism - 304 pages
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The fabulous beauty of Helen of Troy is legendary. But some say that Helen was never in Troy, that she had been conveyed by Zeus to Egypt, and that Greeks and Trojans alike fought for an illusion. A fifty-line fragment by the poet Stesichorus of Sicily (c. 640-555 B.C.), what survives of his Pallinode, tells us almost all we know of this other Helen, and from it H. D. wove her book-length poem. Yet Helen in Egypt is not a simple retelling of the Egyptian legend but a recreation of the many myths surrounding Helen, Paris, Achilles, Theseus, and other figures of Greek tradition, fused with the mysteries of Egyptian hermeticism.

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User Review  - Michael.Xolotl - LibraryThing

I read somewhere that one of H.D.'s purposes in writing this was to have it serve as an answer to Pound's Cantos. It doesn't really, but it is reminiscent of the Cantos in that it has a lot of ... Read full review

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H.D. (1886-1961) is perhaps one of the best-known and prolific women poets of the Modernist era. Bryher Ellerman was a novelist and H.D.'s wealthy companion. She financed H.D.'s therapy with Freud.

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