In "The Bells," Poe creates a horrific mood by connecting with the reader's emotions.
Hear the sledges with the bells—Silver bells!What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
This quote, although not horrific, directly relates to the emotions of the reader. The way The Bells toys with the reader's feelings leads up to the climax
Although this is another quote that is not horrific, it influential in that it builds the emotion of the reader.
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.
Hear the loud alarm bells - Brazen bells! - what a tale, now, their turbulence tells. - In the startled ear of night - Hoe they scream out their affright - to much horrified to speak - They can only shriek, shriek - Out of tune.
This is the first example of horror in The Bells. It portrays an brass alarm bell ringing out, causing a quick turn around from the calm wedding bells. This is the first addition to the mood because of the frightening descriptors.
Hear the tolling of the bells - Iron Bells - what a world of solemn thought their melody compells - in the silence of the night - how we shiver with a fright - at the melancholy menace of their tone - For every sound that floats - From the rust within their throats - Is a groan
This example, from the fourth stanza, is another example of the horror Poe portrays. Poe displays horror by creating an image in the readers head with the mood. His word choice creates a frightening tone for the reader.
Of the Bells Bells Bells - To the tolling of the bells - Of the Bells Bells Bells Bells - Bells Bells Bells - To the moaning and groaning of the bells
This final piece of evidence, from stanza four, brings the horror full circle. As it is a repetitive and creative way to end the poem, it also brings a confusion and disturbance to the reader. These emotions the reader experiences contribute to the mood and creates a horrific mood.