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  • What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells…….In the startled air of night…...How they scream out afright.” In this stanza, the tone and mood shifts from happiness to terror and fear.  Poe uses personification by saying that the bells can feel fear, and uses alliteration with turbulency tells. The use of this figurative language and fearful tone is able to show the terror that Poe tries to establish in the mood.
  • Of the bells, bells, bells, bells, Bells, bells, bells, - To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.”  This is a repetition of the word bells to constantly show the loud and solemn bells that ring of horror.  Then, it moves on to use assonance of moaning and groaning that show the deathly presence of the bells coming to a stop, just like a life ending.  This overall adds to the setting of a funeral, and contributes to Poe's ending tone of terror and mood of depression.
  • These quotes represent the absolute darkness of the tone and mood, as it heavily shows the presence of death and the end of one’s life.  Poe specifically used the repetition of the word time and the personification of the bells sobbing so that it shows Poe’s personal grief of losing his wife and look on the cycle of life.
  • "They are Ghouls: -" "To the sobbing of the bells: - Keeping time, time, time, "
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