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Helen Redeemed and Other Poems   By: (1861-1923)

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Helen Redeemed and Other Poems by Maurice Henry Hewlett is a stunning collection that is both haunting and emotionally evocative. With his masterful use of language and deep understanding of human nature, Hewlett takes readers on a journey through various emotions, exploring themes of love, loss, and redemption.

One of the strongest aspects of this collection is Hewlett's ability to breathe life into his characters through his vivid descriptions and insightful observations. From the alluring and enigmatic Helen of Troy to the tormented and resilient Oedipus, each character is portrayed with depth and complexity. Hewlett's ability to delve into their inner struggles and motivations creates a sense of empathy, allowing readers to truly connect with these ancient figures.

The poems themselves are meticulously crafted, showcasing Hewlett's lyrical talents and his impeccable command of meter and rhyme scheme. His use of vivid imagery and evocative language transports readers into the heart of his poetic landscapes, painting vivid pictures that linger in the mind long after the words have been read.

While the collection primarily focuses on Greek mythology and ancient legends, Hewlett's exploration of these timeless tales manages to feel fresh and intriguing. He seamlessly weaves in contemporary themes and concerns, making the poems relatable and thought-provoking for modern readers. This combination of ancient and modern provides a depth and richness to the collection that is truly captivating.

The emotional depth of Helen Redeemed and Other Poems is one of its greatest strengths. Hewlett does not shy away from the darker aspects of human experience, exploring themes of betrayal, regret, and the complexities of love. These poems beautifully capture the multifaceted nature of human emotions, leaving readers contemplating their own relationships and experiences.

Overall, Helen Redeemed and Other Poems is an exquisite collection that showcases Maurice Henry Hewlett's undeniable talent as a poet and his deep understanding of human emotion. The poems transport readers to a world of ancient legends while simultaneously provoking contemplation on timeless themes. Hewlett's masterful use of language and insightful exploration of human nature make this collection a must-read for poetry lovers.

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{Dôron Erôs Aidê}


Transcriber's Note

Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note. Archaic spellings have been retained. Greek words have been transliterated and are shown between {braces}. The oe ligature has been transcribed as [oe].


Love owes tribute unto Death, Being but a flower of breath, Ev'n as thy fair body is Moment's figure of the bliss Dwelling in the mind of God When He called thee from the sod, Like a crocus up to start, Gray eyed with a golden heart, Out of earth, and point our sight To thy eternal home of light.

Here on earth is all we know: To let our love as steadfast blow, Open hearted to the sun, Folded down when our day's done, As thy flower that bids it be Flower of thy charity. 'Tis not ours to boast or pray Breath from us shall outlive clay; 'Tis not thine, thou Pitiful, Set me task beyond my rule.

Yet as young men carve on trees Lovely names, and find in these Solace in the after time, So to have hid thee in my rhyme Shall be comfort when I take The lonely road. Then, for my sake, Keep thou this my graven sigh, And, that I may not all die, Open it, and hear it tell, Here was one who loved thee well... Continue reading book >>

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