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Tintinnabulation is the lingering sound of a ringing bell that occurs after the bell has been struck. This word was invented by Edgar Allan Poe as used in the first stanza of his poem "The Bells".[1] It can also be found in Phil Ochs's musical version of the poem, which is on his 1964 album, All the News That's Fit to Sing.

From Edgar Allan Poe's "The Bells"[edit]

Date: c. 1848

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 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 the tinkling of the bells.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Bells". The Bells.

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