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Analysis and comments on The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 16 of 96, added on February 19th, 2006 at 3:09 PM.

I really enjoy reading Poe's work. A teacher introduced Edgar Allan Poe to
me in 8th grade. I have read "The tale tell heart" and "The Raven". I do
have a difficult time analzying his work though. It is just hard for me to
figure out what he is trying to say. But reading The bells over and over
just made me jump to a conclusion that this is all a bio. of his life...

Mitze from United States
Comment 15 of 96, added on January 26th, 2006 at 9:34 AM.

i didnt understand this poem it made no sence and it doesnt sound at all
like any of his other work like the tell tale heart like it just doesnt
have any meaning or hororr

dum poem!

Jake from United States
Comment 14 of 96, added on January 10th, 2006 at 9:09 AM.

THIS IS THE BEST POEM EVER

Andrew from United States
Comment 13 of 96, added on December 20th, 2005 at 5:55 PM.

The bells is way that poe try to expain the way of life to others.The
joy,happiness,delight,warmth.Which is explain in the first section as you
read.The section wedding which everyone will like to do some day.The third
is the araum of the his wife sickness which was very bad for him.I think
that the fourth is the death of his wife which hurt him a lot.please read
the poem and tell your meaning of it.

catherine from United States
Comment 12 of 96, added on December 5th, 2005 at 9:16 AM.

I saw someone post that this poem sounded like a song. Well it is a song!
Someone wrote a song using the first part of this poem and I'm singing it
in my choir. It's a really pretty song and the words fit so well!

Taylor from United States
Comment 11 of 96, added on November 27th, 2005 at 4:46 PM.

allritteyy folks.
so whiless i was reading this beautiful poem, i ran across a few words that
i could not understand so i decided to loook 'em up and then i saw this
site and decided to help ya'lls out too:
Euphony- a pleasing or sweet sound
Rapture- an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion
Impels- to urge or drive forward or on by or as if by the exertion of
strong moral pressure
Brazen- made of brass
Expostulation- an act or instance of demanding or disputing
Palpitating- to beat rapidly and strongly; throb
Clamor- a loud continuous noise
Monody- an ode sung by one voice
Melancholy- depression of spirits
Ghouls- a legendary evil being that robs graves and feeds on corpses
Paean- a joyous song or hymn of praise, tribute, thanksgiving, or triumph

theress ya'lls go.
love ya'lls

Marsha Brady from United States
Comment 10 of 96, added on October 26th, 2005 at 7:16 PM.

if ur looking at the comments below u may not quite understand what is
going on. let me try to explain; the bells is a poe's way of wruting a
biography. look, the bells is broken into four sections. the first is the
bells of Christams. this holliday is the celebration of the birth of
Christ. so simply put, it is the birth of poe. the second section is that
of a wedding. very happy. this is the time in poe's life where he got fell
in love with and married his cousin virginia. the next section is that of a
disaster or a tradjedy. virginia devolped a fatal disease. the last
section is of death. this is the simbolism of the death of his wife, which
was truely the death of him. not litterally, but in every other way.

.....so read it agian and u'll see what im talking about. its poe's
biography. the man was a genuis. dont agree or have questions? e-mail me!

....matt (im a sophmore in high school, but dont let that scare u away)

matt wthitaker from United States
Comment 9 of 96, added on October 12th, 2005 at 4:14 AM.

To quote Ernest, "For whom the bell tolls"... The tolling of the bells is
an old way of showing respect for someone who has recently died. I'm not
sure, but in some places it is still done at 3:00 PM. Poe did a brilliant
job of demonstrating the strange duality of a positive thing in the ringing
of the bells and the negative side of its meaning. Poe had an interesting
way of stating the odvious when he goes from "yes, yes, yes!" To "No,No,No"
in this awesome poem. Perhaps his dealings with death tainted his views on
life, but regardless, he seemed to enjoy pointing out the strange duality
of mankind and its customs. Goodtimes,indeed.

bk from United States
Comment 8 of 96, added on September 28th, 2005 at 3:23 PM.

This is an incredibly amazing poem. Parts of it (Sections I and II)
are cheerful, quite unlike the style of Poe. Then, it takes a creepy and
lightly disturbing turn in the last part (Sections III and IV). Very
unusual format for a poem...but, being written by Edgar Allen Poe, I should
not be surprised!

J. Cpriano from United States
Comment 7 of 96, added on September 21st, 2005 at 4:35 PM.

this poem is so beautiful. i play the bells. i love how it sounds like a
song!my favorite poem, other than mine of course. they are on poetry.com,
jacque hood

jacque from United States

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: The Bells
Year: 1849
Added: Feb 20 2003
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