Symbolism and Allusion

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Symbolism and Allusion
Symbolism is something that represents something else. Symbolism can enhance writing,
especially in poems, and sometimes can be representing different things.
For example: “My heart leaps up when I behold / A rainbow in the sky” – William Wordsworth
The rainbow symbolizes hope or good things yet to come
Common Examples of Symbols in Literature and Poetry:
CrossRed roseSpringGoldBlackAppleGreenDoveWorm or snakeWhiteGray-eyedRainHome-
from “To the virgins to Make Much of Time”
Rose buds –
The sun rising and settingWarm blood-
Allusion is a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural,
literary or political significance. It does not describe in detail the person or thing to which it
refers. It is just a passing comment and the writer expects the reader to possess enough
knowledge to spot the allusion and grasp its importance in a text.
For example: “The rise in poverty will unlock the Pandora’s box of crimes”.
This is a reference to one of Greek Mythology’s origin myths, “Pandora’s box”
Common Allusions:
BibleGarden of Eden
Cain and Abel
The last supper
Judas
Revelations
Noah’s Ark
Mythology –
Diana
Cupid
Achilles
Prometheus
Triton
Athena
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