"the face/a smile can launch a thousand ships" what does that really mean? Does that mean that someone's face/smile is beautiful and attractive?

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A great line of iambic pentameter - Is this the face that launched a thousand ships?

I think it alludes to Helen of Troy. Dang! I can't remember the story. I think somebody kidnapped her, and her main squeeze took off with the whole navy to rescue her - because she was so beautiful?? Ha! Your quote is iambic pentameter too!
It is from Homer's Iliad
Helen was the most beautiful woman in the world. She married the Greek king of Sparta, Menelaus.
Meanwhile, the gods held a contest to judge which goddess was the most beautiful. Paris, a handsome prince of Troy was selected as the judge. Of course the vain goddesses didn't play fair and bribed him. He chose Aphrodite, who had bribed him with the most beautiful woman in the world to be his wife (Helen). So he was able to abduct Helen and take her to Troy. The Greek city states had a military alliance, and Menelaus called on the alliance to avenge and recapture Helen. - They raised an immense navy; hence "the thousand ships". The story is told in Homer's Iliad and in many Greek plays.
Helen was described by Christopher Marlowe ( a much later author) as having "the face that launched a thousand ships."
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hello what is first question she has the face taht can launch a thousand ships
Hi, Not sure what you want to know about the first question. Can you try to say it in another way?
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It is from a poem by Marlow:

The face that launch'd a thousand ships
Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.
Her lips suck forth my soul: see, where it flies!
Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again.
Here will I dwell, for heaven is in these lips,
And all is dross that is not Helena.
I will be Paris, and for love of thee,
Instead of Troy, shall Wittenberg be sack'd;
And I will combat with weak Menelaus,
And wear thy colours on my plumed crest;
Yea, I will wound Achilles in the heel,
And then return to Helen for a kiss.
O, thou art fairer than the evening air
Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars;
Brighter art thou than flaming Jupiter
When he appear'd to hapless Semele;
More lovely than the monarch of the sky
In wanton Arethusa's azur'd arms;
And none but thou shalt be my paramour!
-- Christopher Marlowe


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