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Edgar Allen Poe's Poem The Bells

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In Poe’s poem “ The Bells” a range of diction, starting with lighthearted wording and progressing to morbid language is used to convey the countdown to death. In the first stanza, the words “melody, twinkle, musical, and delight” are used to convey the positive attitude that the speaker feels towards the bells. The bells connote a sense of lighthearted joy, and even celebration. This is the first phase in the speaker’s changing attitude towards the meaning of tolling bells. In the second stanza, the bells are still accompanied by enthusiastic and praising diction such as “mellow, harmony, ditty, and euphonic”. The positive elocution imparts that the speaker’s positive feelings towards the ringing bells are still positive. In the third stanza,
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