Now i get it...

With a desperate desire,
And a resolute endeavor,
Now -now to sit or never,
By the side of the pale-faced moon.
Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
What a tale their terror tells,
Of despair!
-Edgar Allan Poe

Anyone remember this poem from school? I remember reciting it and trying to remember it- and then writing a poem of our own. But the teacher never told us what it meant. 23 years old and i now know what it means. Damn.

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  • I sort of do remember that. It's been a long time.

    This is what wikipedia says:
    This poem can be interpreted in many different ways, the most basic of which is simply a reflection of the sounds that bells can make, and the emotions evoked from that sound. For example, "From the bells bells bells bells/Bells bells bells!" brings to mind the clamoring of myriad church bells. Several deeper interpretations exist as well. One is that the poem is a representation of life from the nimbleness of youth to the pain of age. Growing despair is emphasized alongside the growing frenzy in the tone of the poem.[1] Another is the passing of the seasons, from spring to winter. The passing of the seasons is often used as a metaphor for life itself. The poem also suggests a Poe theme of mourning over a lost wife, courted in sledge, married and then killed in a fire as the husband looks on. The tolling of the iron bells reflects the final madness of the grief-stricken husband.

    Do you remember the story of the heart beating underneath the floor boards? I think it's called Tell Tale Heart? Or the wife sleeping with her mummified husband, that may not be by him.

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