September 30th, 2022

High School Resource: Poe’s Vocabulary in “The Bells”

High School Resource

Poe’s Vocabulary in “The Bells”

For this activity, use a dictionary to look up the CAPITALIZED words and write a definition. The words are given in the poem’s format so students should try to understand the meaning of the word by applying it in context.

  1. Hear the SLEDGES with the bells
  2. In a sort of RUNIC rhyme
  3. the MOLTEN-golden notes
  4. a DITTY floats
  5. a gush of EUPHONY
  6. BRAZEN bells
  7. they scream out their AFFRIGHT
  8. in a mad EXPOSTULATION
  9. a RESOLUTE endeavor
  10. on the BOSOM of the PALPITATING air
  11. solemn thought their MONODY compels
  12. the MELANCHOLY meaning of the tone
  13. they are GHOULS
  14. a PAEAN from the bells
  15. Keeping time as he KNELLS

Related NY State Academic Standards: ELA2.I.LR1D and ELA2.C.LR1D!

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