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what is a complete summary of the poem The Bells by edgar allen poe?

-- Anonymous, December 05, 2001


Innocent sleigh ride wonder and delight with the sledge bells(childhood) that are small and magical. Next comes marriage the start of life celebrated with hope by wedding bells. Next come fire bells and the sign of disaster consuming all joy. Finally the iron bells of funeral and death haunted by gloating ghouls who take the poem in a mocking full circle in that they perversely delight in crushing human life with these penultimate bells. Four ages of man? Four seasons? Four elements?

-- Anonymous, December 07, 2001

Maybe it's not about human life but rather emotion and maybe even emotions that he had felt or felt that were coming. Like Silver is care-free such as childhood where almost nothing can go wrong not a care in the world. Gold one of the most prescious things in the world today. Related to happiness and glee. For instance when u get married. Brazen almost like brass, a dirty metal not very valuable. Though when in bell form almost ear peircing. Very chaotic and fast almost like the thoughts that your life is falling apart to much is happening at once and you can't control it. Then there's Iron, a very dismal metal and when a bell is formed from it the ring is slow and sounds very depressing. Just like the thought of dying or your life is coming to an end. Also an Iron bell holds its ring out for a long time. This would imply a very long and slow death just like most of Poe's loved ones.

-- Anonymous, March 10, 2003

eh. dunno

-- Anonymous, May 28, 2003

i am not sure about the awnser but iam sure its not about the human emotion and more about the passing to life with his refrence to a clock in the 1st and 2nd stanza...

-- Anonymous, October 30, 2003

I read this poem today for the first time! It is really great!

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2003

maybe you all should just get lives

-- Anonymous, January 27, 2005

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