Symbolism Essay

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Symbolism Essay Webster’s dictionary defines symbolism as: the art or practice of using symbols especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning or by expressing the invisible or intangible by means of visible or sensuous representations: as a: artistic imitation or invention that is a method of revealing or suggesting immaterial, ideal, or otherwise intangible truth or states b: the use of conventional or traditional signs in the representation of divine beings and spirits. Through this essay, with examples of symbolism in poetry, music, and the novel “Animal Farm” I will demonstrate how symbolism is important in various types of literature. Symbolism is probably most used in all forms of poetry. Such as in William Shakespeare’s sonnet 18 (Shall I compare thee) Like in the line “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate” One can assume that by comparing a woman to a summer’s day, he is saying that the woman is more beautiful than a summer’s day. Another example of symbolism in poetry is in one of my favorite poems, “Love is like a flower” by LLoydene F. Hill. In this poem, Hill says that a flower is a more fitting symbol for love, than the heart, by saying you have to care for it and if you don’t, it can die just like a flower. Symbolism is also greatly used in music. My favorite example, Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. The line, “There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure” I believe this means that someone wants to make a big change in their life, but they’re not sure if it’s the right choice. Also in the line, “In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings; sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.” I think this mean that the songbird is a voice of reason, that’s saying all of our first thoughts should be given a second thought before being followed through. Lastly in the line, “there are two

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