Tinntinnabulation Essay

706 words - 3 pages

“Tintinnabulation”

(Editorial on “The Bells)

In “The Bells,” by Edgar Allan Poe, Poe writes about the musical clanging of church bells. The careful descriptions of ringing bells touch on how human emotion is connected with music, good and bad. The way that people feel is affected by their music. In this world of hip-hop and the cacophony of automobiles, people are less connected to real music. Real music being defined as something that moves, and causes a deeper emotion. The constant yelling of the world, demanding attention, can allow for little but hustle and bustle. Allow me to take you to a peaceful place, where bells ring through the air, a beautiful symphony. What does it make you feel? Music brings emotion back into life. “The Bells,” by Edgar Allan Poe teaches us that music can make you feel deeper emotion, connect with human nature, and understand fear.

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It can cause feelings that words could never stir. “What a tale of terror their turbulency tells!” Music can also make you feel discord and anger. It stirs inside of people a deep and beautiful understanding of life; that is the beauty of real music.

Humanity is full of complex emotions that can be tapped into, like in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Bells.” It talks about how people can connect through music. “Keeping time, time, time in a sort of Runic rhyme.” Is line 100 of the poem that shows how people relate through music. Across countries, all people can pick up beats, it doesn’t matter what language they speak. Everyone feels fear and joy and sadness. “What a world of solemn thought their monody compels.” Po says on line 72 of, “The Bells.” The music that the bells make helps people to feel solemnity everywhere. If someone had shouted out something, it would not be nearly as effective as music. Melody can achieve deep sentimental feelings that words cannot. The charm of music is its universal honesty. Anyone can play to the beat, and that fact connects us. With his poem, Poe shows us that truth, and many others.

Fear can hold us back and, “The Bells,” by Poe shows us that music can help us understand and conquer fear. Poe says that music can be dangerous and scary. I know that sometimes people need a little bit of motivation to help them conquer trepidation. Music can prepare you for real life. “How the danger ebbs and flows, yet the ear distinctly tells.” Poe says on line 60, meaning that people can sense danger through music, and conquer it. “To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.”(line 113) It is easier to deal with fear when it is in music form. A funeral march for instance is gentler than saying that someone is dead. Music is way to soften the blow of life, and prepare us for the worst to come.

Music truly is one of mankind’s greatest inventions. Its a way for all people to connect, despite ethnicity or gender. “The Bells,” by Edgar Allan Poe teaches us that music can make you feel deeper emotion, connect with human nature, and understand fear. There is a beauty in the word’s of Poe’s poem, “The Bells,” Because it speaks of the music as being the key to human nature.

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The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

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