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The Bells

The Bells

by Edgar Allan Poe

The Bells Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Normally, we hear bells and don't think too much of it. Why do you think the speaker in this poem is so attuned to their sound? Were you ever affected this way by a sound?
  2. People in the 19th century definitely heard more bells in their daily lives. What sound do you think could replace bells if you were going to update this poem for the 21st century?
  3. Why do you think this poem shifts from a peaceful reflection to a scary one?
  4. Does the dark/ghoulish side "win" in this poem?

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