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The Wonderful World of Tone!

Definition: Expressing great joy or pleasure

     "Hear the sledges with the bells-
                 Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
      How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
            In the icy air of night!
      While the stars that oversprinkle
      All the heavens, seem to twinkle
         With a crystalline delight;
                 Keeping the time, time, time,
         In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells,
         From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
                       Bells, bells, bells,
From the jingling and tinkling of the bells."
~The Bells, Part I, by Edgar Allen Poe

     The Bells is a four part poem by Edgar Allen Poe, and each piece has a tone very unique from the others.  Part One of The Bells is a delightfu tone, based upon Poe's diction.  Words such as "twinkle", "tinkle", "crystalline" and "merriment" all connotate happiness.  The word "tintinnabulation" is defined as "the pealing of the bells", which describes the delightful sleigh bells perfectly.  The reader can sense the sing-song voice of "...bells, bells, bells, bells...".  Poe's final sentence of "...jingling and tinkling of the bells!" ends the poem on a very cheerful note, and leaves the reader with the delightful tintinnabulation of sleigh bells.


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