The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

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The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe
The central theme in “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe shows the phases of the emotions that occur between falling in love and in the next moment having complete destruction and sadness. In stanza I, the emotion that is being conveyed is the feeling of happiness that you get when falling in love. The narrator declares. “ …Silver bells!| What a world of merriment their melody foretells!|… All the heavens seem to twinkle|… To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells| From the bells, bells, bells, bells,|… From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.| The sentiment and the actions that are being conveyed through the second stanza is the feeling of youthfulness and the ecstasy of being in love. The narrator states, “ Hear the mellow wedding bells,| Golden bells!| What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!|… How they ring out their delight!|… And all in tune,| What a liquid ditty floats|… On the Future! how it tells|… To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells|. In the third stanza, the feeling that is expressed is the realization of sickness and old age. The narrator expresses, “ What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!| In the startled ear of night| How they scream out their affright!| Too much horrified to speak,|… In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,|… What a tale their terror tells| Of despair!|…How the danger sinks and swells,| By the sinking and the swelling in the anger of the bells-|. In the last stanza, a sentiment of emptiness and death is revealed by the narrator. The narrator concludes, “Hear the tolling of the bells| Iron bells!| What a world of solemn thought their melody compels| In the silence of the night,|… At the melancholy menace of their tone!|… From the rust within their throats|… And the people-ah, the people-
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