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The Bells Analysis



Author: poem of Edgar Allan Poe Type: poem Views: 469

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I



Hear the sledges with the bells-

Silver bells!

What a world of merriment their melody foretells!

How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,

In the icy air of night!

While the stars that oversprinkle

All the heavens, seem to twinkle

With a crystalline delight;

Keeping time, time, time,

In a sort of Runic rhyme,

To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells

From the bells, bells, bells, bells,

Bells, bells, bells-

From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.



II



Hear the mellow wedding bells,

Golden bells!

What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!

Through the balmy air of night

How they ring out their delight!

From the molten-golden notes,

And an in tune,

What a liquid ditty floats

To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats

On the moon!

Oh, from out the sounding cells,

What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!

How it swells!

How it dwells

On the Future! how it tells

Of the rapture that impels

To the swinging and the ringing

Of the bells, bells, bells,

Of the bells, bells, bells,bells,

Bells, bells, bells-

To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!



III



Hear the loud alarum bells-

Brazen bells!

What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!

In the startled ear of night

How they scream out their affright!

Too much horrified to speak,

They can only shriek, shriek,

Out of tune,

In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,

In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,

Leaping higher, higher, higher,

With a desperate desire,

And a resolute endeavor,

Now- now to sit or never,

By the side of the pale-faced moon.

Oh, the bells, bells, bells!

What a tale their terror tells

Of Despair!

How they clang, and clash, and roar!

What a horror they outpour

On the bosom of the palpitating air!

Yet the ear it fully knows,

By the twanging,

And the clanging,

How the danger ebbs and flows:

Yet the ear distinctly tells,

In the jangling,

And the wrangling,

How the danger sinks and swells,

By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells-

Of the bells-

Of the bells, bells, bells,bells,

Bells, bells, bells-

In the clamor and the clangor of the bells!



IV



Hear the tolling of the bells-

Iron Bells!

What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!

In the silence of the night,

How we shiver with affright

At the melancholy menace of their tone!

For every sound that floats

From the rust within their throats

Is a groan.

And the people- ah, the people-

They that dwell up in the steeple,

All Alone

And who, tolling, tolling, tolling,

In that muffled monotone,

Feel a glory in so rolling

On the human heart a stone-

They are neither man nor woman-

They are neither brute nor human-

They are Ghouls:

And their king it is who tolls;

And he rolls, rolls, rolls,

Rolls

A paean from the bells!

And his merry bosom swells

With the paean of the bells!

And he dances, and he yells;

Keeping time, time, time,

In a sort of Runic rhyme,

To the paean of the bells-

Of the bells:

Keeping time, time, time,

In a sort of Runic rhyme,

To the throbbing of the bells-

Of the bells, bells, bells-

To the sobbing of the bells;

Keeping time, time, time,

As he knells, knells, knells,

In a happy Runic rhyme,

To the rolling of the bells-

Of the bells, bells, bells:

To the tolling of the bells,

Of the bells, bells, bells, bells-

Bells, bells, bells-

To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.










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i think that the this particular poem is interesting. I think that Poe is trying to tell us to value the things in life that are giving to us. i think this because the poem starts off as he is a child and Poe uses sliver bells to symbolys that our child hood is a treasure that we must take care of, because just like silver it gets dirty if not taken care of. Poe mentions sleds and the word choicelik tintinnabulation and \"from the jingling and twinkling of the bells\" this gives the reader to think that the first stanza is refering to the childish happines that we feel in childhood so. as Poe goes on it turns to marrige then sickness or terror and then finishes off with the ruling of non-human beings, also with the death of his wife(at least i think). V.A

| Posted on 2011-10-27 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2011-04-06 | by a guest


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bbrrraaaap poe is a man of words i believe that he really knows how to get his point accross in this poem he states that bells are bells and people should express their feelings througght them

| Posted on 2010-06-01 | by a guest


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edgar allan poes poem the bells describes how people may see sounds or other feelings, how that the first half shows the posistive side while the second half is describing the negative parts of life, poe is good to banana baies, he represents all aliens in turtle warfare. i love yellow monkies.... POOP IN A BUCKET!!!!

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In this poem, The Bells, the author, Edgar Allan Poe, writes about how life passes. I think that this poem is about a person・s life. The general meaning is that when you・re young, you・re happy; when you・re old you・re miserable. The more specific meaning is that life passes and it gets more miserable throughout your life. The older you are, the more things you know, some bad and some good. The younger you are, the fewer things you know but less bad things. Whether you are young or old, you have to accept what you are and live on with it; I think that・s what Edgar Allan Poe・s trying to say. It also goes with things are rough all over.
The literal meaning of this poem is that gold and silver bells are good and brazen and iron bells are annoying. Bells are sometimes good and sometimes bad, depending on what you do with them or what situation you are in. The first stanza talks about silver bells, and how wonderful and magical they are. The second stanza talks about golden bells, they represent marriage and how they are happy. In the third and fourth stanza, Poe writes about brazen and iron bells. The brazen bell shrieks and groans while the iron bell is trapped.
Edgar Allan Poe uses many poetic devices to build up his poem. One of them is repetition, he repeats bells 62 times. I think he did this because it makes the reader easier to visualize it and think bad of it. It also makes his point clearer. Another one is metaphors. The whole poem is a metaphor. It shows a person・s life. The silver bells means childhood, the golden bells means adulthood and the golden age of a person・s life, the brazen bells means being old and close to death, and the iron bells means being trapped for an eternity, being a ghoul, and someone who can・t move on because of something. I think that Edgar Alan Poe used the metaphors because he wanted to strengthen his thoughts. It would be a lot stronger to compare it to something else than just saying that half of a person・s life is miserable and half is happy. Assonance is used throughout the poem. The e sound is used in not only bells but in a lot of different words. For example, foretell, oversprinkle, wells, and so on. I think that he uses it to show how a bell tinkles and make it sound like something in between happy and sad. Rhyme is used in almost every line of this poem. He uses it to make the rhythm in this story and allow the reader to read it easier.
In conclusion, I think that he is saying that when you・re young you・re gold, you get more chances in life than when you are old, but you need to learn to adapt it and accept that it is just a part of life. Life passes and you need to get used to it, whether its your life or somebody else・s life.

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In this old famous poem Poe amazingly shows two great comparisons of all the different types of bells. He shows the different bells have different emotions like golden bells for delight and peace. Also he shows the stages of life through the bells starting from birth to marriage to a struggle for life in a fire to an endless death with no escape living as a ghoul. If you think about it the poem also shows half of life is happy and the other half terrifying and sad.
Poe is one hell of a writer

| Posted on 2009-04-25 | by a guest


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I think that Edgar is weird and have deep dark thoughts in every poem he writes. YAY XD

| Posted on 2008-12-19 | by a guest


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I think that the first stanza of the poem is about happiness and merriment that a a newborn brings to a person's life. I think this is like the first stage of life, because it has light feeling to it.
Then we move on to a wedding, which is the 2nd stage of life, when the newborn becomes older. these both are light, happy experinces.
Then, as typical Edgar Allen Poe, come the frightening parts.
The Brazen bells represent death, or dying. Some one is fighting for his/her life in this stanza.
In the very last stanza, the person is dead and they apparently cannot move on, so they are like ghosts that seem to be waiting for something. This stanza is much longer than the rest becasue death and being trapped in a solom, lonley and cold state is dreary, which poe likes.

| Posted on 2008-12-05 | by a guest


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It is interesting that the poem progresses from the lighthearted feeling of a sleigh ride in a winter wonderland landscape to the more substantial happiness of marriage then to seeming disaster ending in death.
It is not unusual for Poe to concentrate more on the depressing and unfortunate events than the joyful ones. The two stanzas dealing with disaster and death are far longer than the preceding two. He seems to stress how fickle happiness is and how life is almost pointless. It is also possible that the continued repetition of the bells and their tolling in different moods signifies the endurance of life and its never-ending movement forward.
Each bell is made of some material that fits with the occasion. The silver for youthful merriment, gold for older delight, alarum (not a material, but a description) and iron, fortitude and solemnity. The sound of each bell calls up certain moods. The somewhat redundant repetition of bells near the end of each stanza is probably more to cause the reader to envision or imagine the tolling of each.
Also evident in this poem is fear of death and loss. The last grouping depicts a king who finds a song of delight or praise in the grim tolling. It seems hopeless and inevitable.
The poem can be interpreted as the movement of one individual through a life illustrated by the mood of bells or, one can take each stanza separately and see the difference mood and situation make on the interpretation of a sound. Either way, this piece is most effective if read aloud to get the full effect of the droning of the bells.
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| Posted on 2006-03-31 | by Sasha Lynn




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