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Edger Allen Poes poem The Bells is a poem where the authors intention is for the reader to hear it The poem illustrates four bells sleigh bells church bells warning bells and funeral bells The four bells represent life marriage war and death Poe illustrates the moods that come with the sounds of these four bells and what they represent with the use of sound devices such as assonance In the first stanza Poe illustrates sleigh bells which are usually associated with wintertime and the happy feeling of the holidays He makes the bells sound light and airy like people spirits of the time The bells of the sleigh tinkle tinkle tinkle in the icy air of night ln 5-6 just like the bells of the ever-popular winter song Jingle Bells He uses the word tintinnabulation which means the ringing of the bells but just the sound alone suggests that The sound suggests the ringing echo of the jingling and tinkling bells In the second stanza Poe illustrates wedding bells which have a sweet happy feeling The wedding bells of gold sounded at night to predict happiness for a newly married couple Poe uses a long o sound in his words which suggest harmoniousness like a married couple in harmony Words like harmony molten- golden notes voluminously and floats just rolls off the tongue in a melodious manner The words euphony itself sounds harmonious and that is what it means harmonious pleasing sounds In the third stanza there are warning bells of danger The brazen bells alarm people when there is hazard like a fire or a disaster By this stanza Poes mood changes and so does the language and the word choice he uses to illustrate these bells These bells are harsh sounding and not very pretty 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
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