The Cycle Of Life

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Nature often repeats itself and works in cycles and patterns. People are no exception to this natural law in that even our short-lived existence has a pattern in itself. In "The Bells” , poem by Edgar Allan Poe, the author is able to capture the cruel cycle of humanity through open diction and sounds that appeal to the reader's plan throughout all four stanzas of the poem.

With diction, Poe is able to capture the cycle of human life. In all of the stanzas, Poe uses words that allow the reader to visualize that specific section of life. The first stanza represents childhood using words such as "oversprinkle," "twinkle," and "delight". They express a sense of lightness and dearness, which engages the reader's plan towards childhood. Also in the first stanza, Poe again speaks of childhood and realizes, "What a world of merriment their melody foretells," as if stating that the person still has a whole life ahead of them as children do. The last line of the stanza summarizes the feeling and expression of the entire stanza. Childhood is expressed in the words, “jingling and the tinkling of the bells.”

The second stanza also contains diction and sounds but this time it represents the glory of a person is in the best condition both mentally and physically. Words that suggest a feeling of happiness, wealth and grandeur are used repeatedly in this stanza. Through "harmony," "molten - golden," and "voluminously," create a sense of great enjoyment of life and where perfect is not too far away is imprinted into the reader's mind. Poe is able to capture the golden years of life by emphasizing on "the Future!" and "the rapture that it impels." By using "rapture," Poe brings the feeling of delighted joy towards this great period of life. Poe also uses sounds such as "rhyming," and "chiming," in order to show the reader that all aspects of this part of life fit together like a
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