Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

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Arko Dewri Mrs. Dewey Period 2, English 9H 19 May 2010 Analysis of The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most distinctive poets of the mid-19 th century. His works influenced literature and numerous literary authors in United States as well as around the world. Although, Poe was a great writer, his life was not too great. During his early life, Poe married his thirteen-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm, who he loved with all his heart; Poe was deeply moved the early death of his wife. Many believe that his wife’s early death may have inspired most of his writings. Moreover, such painful incident caused Poe to have the bipolar disorder and he used to self-medicate himself with various drugs and alcohol. During his agonizing instants, Poe wrote his poems, which mostly impersonated his own grief and sorrow. In fact, many proofs of his sadness and woe can be found in his poems such as The Raven and Annabel Lee , and his short stories such as The Tell Tale Hear and The Cask of Amontillado . However, Poe’s life struggles, emotions, and misery were brilliantly displayed in one of his most famous poem, The Bells . In his poem, The Bells , Edgar Allan Poe uses numerous literary devices, including sounds and symbols, which portray the core stages of life, and imply the path towards lunacy. Throughout his poem, Poe uses different literary techniques such as assonance, consonance, repetition, and alliteration to project the sounds of the different types of bells. For example, in the first stanza, assonance and consonance were used to transmit the sounds of the silver bells and the joyousness it creates. The assonance of the sound of short “i” in the words such as “tinkle” and “oversprinkle”, and the assonance of the sound of long “i” in the words like “night” and “delight”, create the mood of sheer happiness and bliss. It also generates the excitement that one can undergo when hearing the delicate sounds of the tinkling and jingling of the bells during a sleigh ride, on an icy evening. Also, the consonance of the sound of “t” in the
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words just as “time” and “twinkle”, produces sensations of merriment and blithe, which one would experience during childhood. During the poem, Poe also utilizes many literary devices such as personification, symbolism, metaphor, and simile to symbolize the different bells. For example, in the first stanza Poe uses the silver bells to represent the delightful and enchanting moments of childhood. He
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