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  • POEM: The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe (3/6/2005 1:27:00 PM)

    Poetry Criticism

    Title: The Bells
    Author: Edgar Allen Poe
    Date Of Publication: 1849
    Criticism:
    In the poem, “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe there are many different poetic elements. The poem contains spectacular imagery not only of the littoral brass bells but also of the setting that the bells are played or the circumstances. Poe paints a “picture” of the different types of bells and creates a mood to that piece of the poem. There are four different subsections to this poem. Each subsection creates a completely different kind of mood from the previous section.

    The first section of this poem creates the sensation of a perfect snowy day where the snow lays on the ground as if it was laden with crystals. It is so cold that ice has formed on the trees and the clouds twinkle with frosty mist. The heavens, including the stars, even seem to have this icy look much as if they were diamonds. The bells in the second section have a very charming tune and they entice listeners by the pacifying sound that soothes the soul. All aspects of life, at the current time, seem to move in musical time with the bells. The allusion Poe created of a songlike melody appeals to musicians as well as people who like music. The music of the bells creates a feeling of freedom and overwhelming joy that fills the soul and charms the heavy hearted.
    The second section of the poem “The Bells” is a change of tune from the icy tinkling to the echoing of wedding bells at night. The author tries to create another scene of joyous gala. The bells in the second section foretell of the occasion that is about to happen, a wedding. The deep tones of the bells delight all that listen, whether human or animal by the euphony that emanates so that even the moon listens to the fluid flow of the song. It seems as the night is made perfect and all is well with the universe.
    MLA Citation:
    Maverick. Poetry Analysis. 9 April 2002. Center For Written And Oral
    Communication. 5 March 2005

    Criticism 2:
    In stanza three there are sounds and descriptions of alarm bells. He uses the words
    clanging, clashing, and roaring to give a sense of alarm. He describes how the bells clamor and clangor out of tune in order to send the message of alarm to those around it.
    In the forth stanza there are bells that are rung for the diseased. He says that the noises
    they make are mainly moans, and groans, from their rusty iron throats. This gives the feeling of sadness and sorrow. He also makes it seem like the bells are alive, and they want to be rung making more people dead. Which means that they are glad when death comes around. I think that Poe repeated everything so that people get a sense of what really is happening. But I think, when he says things over, and over like the word Bells, it starts to get boring and annoying to me. Poe probably wrote about these different bells for all the moods he has had in his life. This poem was hard to understand, but good. The words he used were pretty good. His choice of words went well with his poem.
    MLA Citation:
    The Bells. (n.d.) Midtermpapers.com. 5 March 2005. ers.com/>

  • POEM: The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe (3/6/2005 1:21:00 PM)

    Poetry Criticism

    Title: The Bells
    Author: Edgar Allen Poe
    Date Of Publication: 1849
    Criticism:
    In the poem, “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe there are many different poetic elements. The poem contains spectacular imagery not only of the littoral brass bells but also of the setting that the bells are played or the circumstances. Poe paints a “picture” of the different types of bells and creates a mood to that piece of the poem. There are four different subsections to this poem. Each subsection creates a completely different kind of mood from the previous section.

    The first section of this poem creates the sensation of a perfect snowy day where the snow lays on the ground as if it was laden with crystals. It is so cold that ice has formed on the trees and the clouds twinkle with frosty mist. The heavens, including the stars, even seem to have this icy look much as if they were diamonds. The bells in the second section have a very charming tune and they entice listeners by the pacifying sound that soothes the soul. All aspects of life, at the current time, seem to move in musical time with the bells. The allusion Poe created of a songlike melody appeals to musicians as well as people who like music. The music of the bells creates a feeling of freedom and overwhelming joy that fills the soul and charms the heavy hearted.
    The second section of the poem “The Bells” is a change of tune from the icy tinkling to the echoing of wedding bells at night. The author tries to create another scene of joyous gala. The bells in the second section foretell of the occasion that is about to happen, a wedding. The deep tones of the bells delight all that listen, whether human or animal by the euphony that emanates so that even the moon listens to the fluid flow of the song. It seems as the night is made perfect and all is well with the universe.
    MLA Citation:
    Maverick. Poetry Analysis. 9 April 2002. Center For Written And Oral
    Communication. 5 March 2005

    Criticism 2:
    In stanza three there are sounds and descriptions of alarm bells. He uses the words
    clanging, clashing, and roaring to give a sense of alarm. He describes how the bells clamor and clangor out of tune in order to send the message of alarm to those around it.
    In the forth stanza there are bells that are rung for the diseased. He says that the noises
    they make are mainly moans, and groans, from their rusty iron throats. This gives the feeling of sadness and sorrow. He also makes it seem like the bells are alive, and they want to be rung making more people dead. Which means that they are glad when death comes around. I think that Poe repeated everything so that people get a sense of what really is happening. But I think, when he says things over, and over like the word Bells, it starts to get boring and annoying to me. Poe probably wrote about these different bells for all the moods he has had in his life. This poem was hard to understand, but good. The words he used were pretty good. His choice of words went well with his poem.
    MLA Citation:
    The Bells. (n.d.) Midtermpapers.com. 5 March 2005. ers.com/>

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