 Symbol:
Something concrete that stands for
something abstract. A symbol may be a person,
place, thing, or action. It may stand for an idea,
belief, feeling, or attitude.
 ***A symbol keeps its own meaning while also
standing for something else.
 Things
aren’t always what they seem…..
“This rose,” said Dr. Heidegger, with a sigh, “the same withered
and crumbling flower, blossomed five and fifty years ago. It was
given to me by Sylvia Ward……Five and fifty years it has been
treasured between the leaves of this old volume. Now, would you
deem it possible that this rose of half a century could ever
bloom again?” He uncovered the vase, and threw the faded rose
into the water which it contained…….. The crushed and dried
petals stirred…… and there was the rose of half a century,
looking fresh as when Sylvia Ward had first given it to her
lover. As they struggled to and fro, the table was overturned,
and the vase dashed into a thousand pieces. “My poor Sylvia’s
rose…….it seems to be fading again…..I love it well thus as in its
dewy freshness,” observed he, pressing the withered rose to his
withered lips.
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and II took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.