Bells in Poetry

The sound of a ringing bell is a near-primal expression of human culture recognized the world over. Yet it’s not a sound so easily described. For as long as bells have been ringing, poets have been laboring to do just that: to capture the sonorous reverberations of a ringing bell in written text and to record the many moods a bell may inspire.

Cover image: A woman pauses on the piazza to listen to the bells ringing within the campanile of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy.