Helen in Egypt: Poetry (New Directions Books) (Paperback)

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811205443
ISBN-10: 0811205444
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: January 17th, 1974
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: New Directions Books