what is the meaning of the poem The Bells?

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i want to get a brief meaning of the poem "The Bells"

-- Anonymous, February 01, 2004


Well... After reading this forum and then reading the poem my self and gathering my thoughts. I belive the meaning lies in his own life. Through his life everywomen close to him died. Now, what this seemed to be to me shows a story. The glorius wedding bells, being that of his own marriage, was a joyous time and experience. one of the few things that brought happiness to his life. Now the bells of "death" as I like to call them show of sadness and despair. Back in his time when people died the wagon would travel through the town or city with the body ringing a bell to tell the people in the houses that if they had a dead person, the bodies were being collected. Now for Poe this would seem to be a reminder of the one thing he fear most, the uncertainty of Death. Because, of his losses in his life. Now why all this may be extreme speculation, I believe that this may be a very valid explanation to this poem. email me if you like.

-- Anonymous, February 01, 2004

I agree with what you just said i think that is a very good explanation of the poem the bells..I am writting an essay on the poem for my lit class and was having tons of trouble thanks for clearing it up

-- Anonymous, October 28, 2004

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