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  • "The Bells" by Edgar A. Poe
  • Summary of "The Bells"
  • Summary of "The Bells"
  • "The Bells" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe that was published in November 1849, a month after his death.
  • Mood/Tone of "The Bells"
  • In the poem, the setting is in winter at first. The speaker has fun and is very happy. Sleigh bells are ringing and bring lots of joy to the speaker and others around him/her. As the poem progresses, wedding bells ring. The speaker loves the sound of the wedding bells, as it might be his wedding, or special event.
  • Theme of "The Bells"
  • Later in the poem, the speaker recalls brazen, or bronze bells that are very loud and alarming, that scared the speaker. They are not in harmony at all, and keep on getting louder and louder. Then, very loud iron bells start to ring. The speaker reveals how everyone, including himself, want to forget about and avoid these bells, as these bells cause solemn memories to return.
  • Repetition in "The Bells"
  • How the poet feels about the poem is passionate, or neutral.The poet makes it stand out that the sleigh bells and golden wedding bells are his "happy or joyful bells."The poet also makes it stand out that the brazen and iron bells are his "solemn bells."In stanza 2,it states,"Golden bells, What a world of happiness their harmony foretells."In stanza 3,it states,"Brazen bells,What a tale of terror,now,their turbulency tells."The poem makes me feel sad for the poet,and all of his traumatic memories.
  • The theme of "The Bells" is that in life, you and everyone around you will be joyful and happy, and in other times you will be fearful and feel as if you're in danger. The sleigh and wedding bells represent the happy moments in life, and the brazen and iron bells represent danger or being fearful.
  • One example of repetition in "The Bells" is that the word "bells" is repeated several times throughout each stanza of the poem. In stanza 1, line 13, it states, " Bells, bells, bells" In stanza 2, line 34 of the poem, it states," Bells, bells, bells" The meaning behind the use of repetition of the word bells in the poem is to emphasize the symbolism of the bells in this poem.
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