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In Edgar Allan Poes poems he writes about death and darkness Throughout his poems The Raven and The Bells Poe writes of death darkness and evil Many say he writes about this because of his childhood problems Slovey p 15 As you continue to read it will show how others feel about his writings and his desire to write about death In Edgar Allen Poes poem The Bells Poe tells how bells can play a part throughout death and this causes readers to dislike the poem but it also has a positive effect on readers when Poe tells of bells being used as symbols of love For example some feel that Poes desire for death makes the poem less interesting WM Auden tells how the Bells was less interesting but was more successful because the subject is nothing but an excuse for onomatopoeic efforts Also some feel that Poe writes about death and darkness because of his drinking problems he had Slovey p 22 Anthony Caputi feels that this poem marks the high tide of Poes ineffectuality and also bears testimony to his immense gift for poetic conception and thereby confronts us with the peculiar problem of Poe Poetry Criticism In addition some feel this poem has a sense of good and beauty to it Floyd Stovall writes how Poe defined poetry as music combined with a pleasurable idea and the poets truth is an excitement of the soul and it is the product of the contemplation of beauty So in Poes poem The Bells he writes of death and evil but also of good and love that leaves a positive and a negative effect on readers In Edgar Allen Poes The Raven
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