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Hear the tolling of the bells
Iron bells !
In the silence of the night,
How we shiver with affright
For every sound that floats
Is a groan.
And the people-ah, the people-
In that muffled monotone,
On the human heart a stone
They are Ghouls:
With the pæan of the bells !
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
Of the bells :
Of the bells, bells, bells—
As he knells, knells, knells,
To the rolling of the bells
Of the bells, bells, bells-
Bells, bells, bells
HELPS TO STUDY Biographical and Historical: Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19th, 1809. Both his parents were members of a theatrical troupe then playing in Boston. He was left an orphan at the age of three years, and was adopted by a wealthy Virginia planter and by him educated in England and elsewhere. Owing to his erratic habits, Poe's foster-father disowned him, and after that life for him was a constant battle with poverty. His prose tales abound in adventure, allegory, and the supernatural. His poetry is full of imagery, beauty, and melody.
Notes and Questions What kinds of bells does the poet scribe.
seek to reproduce the sound of ? Which lines are especially musical Which bells has he described best? and pleasing? Point out words particularly suited What can you say of the fire-bells to express the sound they de
of today? Words and Phrases for Discussion "euphony"
"tintinnabulation” “expostulation" “Runic" "crystalline"
EDGAR ALLAN POE
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
By the name of Annabel Lee;
Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea :
I and my Annabel Lee;
Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre 20
In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me
In this kingdom by the sea)
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we
Of many far wiser than we
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee:
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions Like "The Bells,' this poem
is Mention lines that are especially musical and the words
pleasing to you. chosen with reference to this What reason is given for the death quality.
of Annabel Lee Notice that the repetition of the Why did the angels "covet” and
word “many” adds to the music "envy” the lovers? of the first line.
How strong was this love? Find other lines in which a word Why does not the lover feel sepa
is repeated for the sake of rated from Annabel Lee? melody.
Do you like this poem | Why? Find lines in which rhymes occur.
Words and Phrases for Discussion "winged seraphs'' "sounding sea” "sepulchre” "highborn kinsmen' 5.coveted”
EDWARD ROWLAND SILL
This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream :
There spread a cloud of dust along a plain;
And saved a great cause that heroic day.
HELPS TO STUDY Biographical: Edward Rowland Sill was born in Connecticut in 1841. He graduated at Yale and lived most of his life in California, being for some years professor of English language and literature at the State University. Sill was a true poet, but the whole of his literary output is contained in two slender volumes. His poems are noted for their compressed thought. The selection here given shows this quality.
Notes and Questions What do you learn from this poem?
using it? Where was the craven when he If the battle represents life, and
decided his sword was useless the craven and the king's son What word shows that he
are types of the people in the there of his own choice?
world, what do you think the What kind of sword had the swords represent? craven 8
Why is this poem called “OpporWhat words tell you that he was tunity!!
greatly needed in the thick of Can you think of another title the conflict
which might be given to it? What kind of sword had the king's Such a story as this is called an son
allegory. How long did the king's son look "furious''.- What is a furious bat
at the discarded sword before tle
Words and Phrases for Discussion “bestead”
“hung along the battle's edge” “hemmed by foes”
TO A WATERFOWL
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT
WHITHER, midst falling dew,
Thy solitary way?
Vainly the fowler's eye
Thy figure floats along.