Anne Brontë, Bell, Bells, Edgar Allan Poe, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Sarah Teasdale, The Bells, The Bluebell, The Cap and Bells, Thomas Gray, William Butler Yeats
Welcome to the dVerse Poets Pub with me, Kim from Writing in North Norfolk, and another Quadrille Monday, when we take any meaning of one word and transform it into 44 poetic words.
Today we have a little word that resonates and tinkles: bell.
In dictionaries, bell is defined as ‘a hollow metal object, typically in the shape of a deep inverted cup widening at the lip, that sounds a clear musical note when struck, especially by means of a clapper inside’ and ‘a bell-shaped object or part of something’.
Bell can be a verb, as in to ‘provide with a bell or bells’ with an interesting example: “the young men were belling and hobbling the horses before releasing them”, and to ‘make a ringing sound likened to that of a bell’.
It is also commonly a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed. Colloquially to ‘give someone a bell’ means to call them on the telephone. You might once have worn bell-bottoms, been accompanied to your hotel room by a bellboy, used a bell jar, or seen a flock of sheep following a bellwether. And if you enjoy cooking, you may have used a bell pepper.
According to Wikipedia, bell is a word common to the Low German dialects, possibly related to the former sense of ‘to bell’ (Old English: bellan, ‘to roar, to make a loud noise’).
Bells are some of the oldest musical instruments in the world, said to date back to China in around 3500 BC. They are usually cast from bell metal (a type of bronze) for its resonant properties, but can also be made from other hard materials, depending on their function. Some small bells such as ornamental bells or cowbells can be made from cast or pressed metal, glass or ceramic, but large bells such as a church, clock and tower bells are normally cast from bell metal.
Bells intended to be heard over a wide area can range from a single bell hung in a turret or bell-gable, to a musical ensemble such as an English ring of bells, a carillon, or a Russian zvon, which are tuned to a common scale and installed in a bell tower. Many public or institutional buildings house bells, most commonly as clock bells to sound the hours and quarters. I love the different sounds of church and clock bells.
And then we have bluebells, harebells, Canterbury bells and bellflowers.
It was interesting to select poems with bells in them.
The first one I have chosen is ‘The Cap and Bells’ by William Butler Yeats: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43284/the-cap-and-bells
Then we have a poem that jingles and jangles with all sorts of bells: ‘The Bells’ by Edgar Allan Poe: https://poets.org/poem/bells
Sarah Teasdale wrote a lovely poem called ‘Bells’: https://allpoetry.com/poem/8504085-Bells-by-Sara-Teasdale
Finally we have ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ by Thomas Gray: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44299/elegy-written-in-a-country-churchyard
And for those of us with an affinity for bluebells, here is a link to Anne Brontë’s delightful poem, ‘The Bluebell’: https://allpoetry.com/poem/8457985-The-Bluebell-by-Anne-Bront%C3%AB
Today I’d like you to take any meaning or form of the word bell and write a poem of exactly 44 words (not counting your title), including the prompt word.
Here’s how to Quadrille:
– Write a poem of exactly 44 words, including the word bell.
– Post your poem on your blog and link back to this post.
– Link it up to our Mr. Linky.
– Visit other blogs, enjoy some amazing poets, and don’t forget to comment. The Quadrille lasts all week, so keep coming back for more!
Good evening poets and welcome to Quadrille Monday! After a long hiatus I’m back behind the bar with a range of cider, real ale, and a selection of snacks to keep you going on the poetry trail. Feel free to select some music on the jukebox and make yourself at home on a comfy seat.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
SO glad to have you back tending the bar… I will just have some ale… it’s soon bedtime so that is what I’ll have
Good choice, Björn! We have a new local brewery, which we haven’t tried yet. I’ll wait until my new grandson has arrived before I try it.
Laura Bloomsbury said:
good to have you back Kim – anything other than a Bells’ whisky for me please!
How about a Pisco Bell Ringer Cocktail?
Laura Bloomsbury said:
that’s more like it 😉
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello… always nice with a Quadrille, I got a bit inspired to write about the bell and the sound it makes to awake us.
I enjoyed your rude bells, Björn!
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Laura Bloomsbury said:
thank you Kim for some lovely poem choices and a prompt that readily rung some poetry of sorts out of me
I’m glad you like the poem choices and I look forward to reading your quadrille, Laura!
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Well that was unexpected – WordPress has just informed my that today is my fiftieth post on dVerse!
Congratulations on your fiftieth! I would surely like to celebrate that with some ale!
Thank you, Punam! A pint of real ale coming up!
Thank you! Here’s to many more!
Hi Kim and others. Wonderful selection of poems on “bells”, Kim!
I enjoyed writing to your lovely prompt.
That makes me very happy, Punam!
Hello Kim and All! Welcome Back, Kim. You have been dearly missed. Lovely word choice to write a Q to. Will you please pour me a pint of Magners? Poeming is thirsty work. Will link up later.
Thank you for the lovely welcome back, Lisa. A pint of Magners coming up, and I look forward to reading your bell quadrille.
You’re welcome, and thank you. Cheers!
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happy 50th post kim,
great prompt really enjoyed writing to it.
warm bath time, before hot choc (no marshmallows) and poems before bed.
Thanks Rog! I’m a hot chocolate without marshmallows kind of gal – my grandson takes after me in that respect. And poems before bed – always. 🙂
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It’s getting late for me and my bed will be calling soon, but don’t despair if I haven’t read your poem. I’ll be back first thing to continue reading and commenting.
Thanks for hosting, Kim. Good word! I went a little oddball with it. In the midst of pre-op eye drop regime for cataract surgery on Wednesday….so the world is even blurrier than it was before. Will come back in early AM tomorrow, before first drops for the day, and try to do lots of reading then.
Thank you, Lill. So you’re having your cataracts removed too. My ops seem so long ago now, even though it was only April and May, but I’m still getting arcs and floaters, and I have to continue to wear glasses due to other problems with my eyes, I hope all goes well.
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Gillena Cox said:
Nice to have you back Kim.
Cheers to all
Thank you, Gillena!
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Hi Kim–and all. Thanks for hosting, Kim. I’ll have a glass of red wine. I’m off to feed Ricky the Cat and then make dinner, but I’ll be back to read in a bit.
Hi Merril! A glass of red wine is on its way to you; by the time you get it it will be past your bedtime – here it’s morning again and I’m about to get reading!
Thank you, Kim. It’s early morning here, so I’ll hold off on the wine for now! 🙂
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Rob Kistner said:
Hello all! I’m late again, oh well. Wonderful prompt Kim, thank you. I wrote and posted two, each a mirror image of the other. Hope you like. 🙂✌🏼❤️
Not late, Rob – we’re open all week. I’m not long up this morning and looking forward to reading your quadrilles.
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I am on my second round of covid, so I will not be participating tonight! :>(
Oh Dwight, I’m so sorry that you’re having to go through it a second time! Get well and come back soon – we miss your poems.
Thank you Kim. Feeling a little better today, but still pretty miserable!
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Yvonne Osborne said:
I loved this prompt. Immediately thought of my dad’s (and his dad’s) dinner bell. Thank you. Oh, and yeah, I’d like a nitro please. Love the surge! And the foamy froth. It makes me think of the sea.
I’m so glad you loved the prompt – and one foamy nitro coming up!
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I love this, thank you Kim, I went to the verb to bell or make a noise.
I look forward to reading it.
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Quite a variety of meanings for ‘bell’. 😊. Thanks for hosting. I look forward to reading.
Hi Pat! I thought I was doing quite well on the different meanings, but poets have come up with a few I missed. 🙂 Thanks for joining us!
You did, but there’s always one or two. An interesting prompt though😊
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