Poems of W.B. Yeats: The Rose

2. Why do you think that men competed to win the love of Helen of Troy?

"Leda and the swan"

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Helen was above all really good looking, apparently drop dead gorgeous. She was the "face that launched a thousand ships". Men fought for ten years over her. There isn't too much we know about Helen, the Gods frequently used her as a pawn but her main asset was beauty.