The reasoning for Poe's use of the two names In terms of the quotation itself, "the grandeur that was Greece" alludes to the numerous significant contributions made by Greeks to Western philosophy, science, and art (among other things). They had been "the first." But beyond this simple allusion, there is no clear explanation as to why Poe chose to write about Greece in general and not some other country.
Poe may have chosen Greece because it was the dominant culture at the time - and therefore the most relevant place where he could make a statement about the importance of cultural heritage. Or perhaps he just liked the sound of the word "grandeur". There are many possibilities as to why he wrote about Greece, but we will never know for sure.
To the splendor that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome. Edgar Allan Poe, To Helen.
Greece is rising again! After years of economic hardship and the painful effects of war, Greece has returned to global attention as it prepares to host the European Football Championship in summer 2012. The country's economy is once more growing, and its national team is performing well at international tournaments. Greece has also become a popular destination with tourists who want to see some of the world's best ancient sites.
Rome used to be called "the city of seven hills", but now there are only six because one of them is covered by a giant shopping mall. However, this doesn't stop thousands of tourists from visiting every day. The reason for this enormous number of visitors is the American Academy of Rome which is located on the seventh hill (or rather, a lift takes you up to the eighth floor). This academy houses some of the most important museums of ancient art such as the Vatican Museums. In addition, it provides regular lectures and workshops on various topics within the field of archaeology.
Athens was the capital of Greece for many years, but now it is no longer even a small town.
"The splendor that was Greece" alludes to the numerous significant contributions made by Greeks to Western philosophy, science, and art (being the first and original). "The glory that was Rome" refers to the dominance of the Roman Empire in the ancient world.
Poe frequently refers to Helen as Psyche, a lovely princess who fell in love with Cupid. Psyche symbolized the soul to the ancient Greeks, and Poe compares Helen to the very soul of "regions which are the Holy Land," alluding to Greece, the birthplace of so many of our ideals of beauty, democracy, and scholarship.
In his essay on The Coliseum, he writes that it is "a temple for the gods, but not on Earth alone; for it is within the breast of her whom I love, that my imagination builds it." In other words, the Coliseum is a monument to the glory of Rome built with the bones of slaves.
Poe also uses the term "palace" several times in his work. In an 1831 letter to John Allan, then editor of the Southern Literary Messenger, he wrote that he was working on "a poem in twelve cantos, entitled 'The Palace of Art,' " which was never published. In another letter, this time to James Russell Lowell, he said that he had begun a long poem about "the fall of Jerusalem's palace." This too was never completed.
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Poe's poem about a lovely girl dying young was not titled "Lenore" until 1843, when it was published. The same poem was first published as "A Paean," which is a poem that celebrates or respects its subject. Lenore is also the name of the lamented lady in "The Raven," which may explain why it looks familiar.
Poe probably chose "Lenore" because it is a beautiful name and he wanted to honor his wife. He originally called the poem "Annabel Lee." Annabel means "princess" or "queen," and Lee was his wife's name. He changed it to "A Paean" when it was published in New York in 1843 but later changed it back to "Lenore" when it was again published in Philadelphia in 1845.
Poe loved his wife deeply and was very sad when she died in 1847 at the age of thirty-seven. She had given birth to a son who died shortly after being born. Her death left him heartbroken and he wrote many poems about her including this one. It is believed that he wrote the poem within hours of receiving news of her death in Baltimore.
Poe was a great poet and writer who has been cited as an influence on such poets as Edgar Allan Poe and William Shakespeare. He is even considered one of the founders of the detective story because of his many tales featuring detectives.
In terms of the word "glory" having any meaning in Greece, Latin academics interpreted the word "doxa" (tho-xa), which means "to seem" or "to think," in relation to a widespread notion using the word "gloria," from whence we obtain the word "glory" today. The Greeks had no word for "glory" per se, but they did have words for things that caused people to wonder or praise God such as "deity," "honor," "majesty," and others. Glory was therefore something that was attributed to countries like Greece because of their status as a deity.
In the ancient world, it was common practice for cities to claim glory for themselves by naming buildings, roads, and other forms of public infrastructure after themselves. As these cities grew in size and power, they would often try to associate themselves with nations who already had glory - thus creating a pattern that still exists today. For example, Athens named one of its main streets Agora Street during the 5th century B.C., when it was becoming a powerful city-state. Agora meant "marketplace" in Greek and this name was intended to honor the memory of the citizens who gave their lives fighting each day at the market place. Similarly, modern cities often name streets after famous people who are considered national heroes or leaders.