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Symbolism in Poetry. How does a reader interpret symbolism in poetry?. Identify flashback, foreshadowing, and symbolism within context. SPI 0701.8.7. Activator. On the next slide we will look at three different pictures. What do these pictures represent, or symbolize ?

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symbolism in poetry

Symbolism in Poetry

How does a reader interpret symbolism in poetry?

Identify flashback, foreshadowing, and symbolism within context.SPI 0701.8.7

activator
Activator
  • On the next slide we will look at three different pictures.
  • What do these pictures represent, or symbolize?
    • You will need to THINK!!!
activator1
Activator

What does this symbolize?

And this?

And this?

think about it
Think About It
  • What are some other concepts or ideas that could easily be represented by a symbol?
what is symbolism
What is Symbolism?
  • A symbol is something that stands for itself, but also something larger than itself.
    • It may be a person, an animal, an inanimate object, or an action.
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What is Symbolism?
  • A writer often uses a concrete object to express an abstract idea, a quality, or a belief.
  • A symbol may appeal to a reader's emotions and can provide a way to express an idea, communicate a message, or clarify meaning.
what is symbolism2
What is Symbolism?
  • A conventional symbol is one that is widely accepted and used by many writers; for example, a nightingale is a symbol for melancholy, a dove for peace, a rose for love and beauty, spring for life, and winter for death.
what is symbolism3
What is Symbolism?
  • A private symbol is one that an individual writer creates for a particular work of literature.
strategies for identifying symbolism
Strategies for Identifying Symbolism
  • First, ask these two questions:
    • "Is some person, place, animal, object, or action emphasized in the work?”
    • “Is that person, place, animal, object, or action repeatedly mentioned to the point that it seems to mean more that itself?”
  • If so,
    • “What else could it stand for besides itself?”
think about it1
Think About It
  • How do I identify symbolism in a text?
let s practice

Let’s Practice!

Using your notes and what you know, let’s decide what symbolism these pieces of writing have.

the road not taken by robert frost 1874 1963
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,

THE ROAD NOT TAKENby Robert Frost (1874-1963)
the road not taken by robert frost 1874 19631
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 I--

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

THE ROAD NOT TAKENby Robert Frost (1874-1963)
as a group
As a Group…

What is the symbolism in this poem?

Justify your answer.

Is this a conventional or private symbol?

the lightning is a yellow fork emily dickinson
The Lightning is a yellow Fork

From Tables in the sky

By inadvertent fingers dropt

The awful Cutlery

Of mansions never quite disclosed

And never quite concealed

The Apparatus of the Dark

To ignorance revealed.

The Lightning is a Yellow ForkEmily Dickinson
in pairs
In Pairs….

What is the symbolism in this poem?

Justify your answer.

Is this a conventional or private symbol?

mother to son by langston hughes
Well, son, I'll tell you:Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.It's had tacks in it,And splinters,And boards torn up,And places with no carpet on the floor --Bare.But all the timeI'se been a-climbin' on,And reachin' landin's,And turnin' corners,And sometimes goin' in the darkWhere there ain't been no light.Mother to Sonby Langston Hughes
mother to son by langston hughes1
So boy, don't you turn back.Don't you set down on the steps'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.Don't you fall now --For I'se still goin', honey,I'se still climbin',And life for me ain't been no crystal stair. Mother to Sonby Langston Hughes
on your own
On Your Own….

What is the symbolism in this poem?

Justify your answer.

Is this a conventional or private symbol?

power questions1
Power Questions

1. Which words from the poem best describe a symbolic meaning of the clay?

A.No directions

B.Silent hands

C.unshaped dreams

D.lacking ambition

power questions2
Power Questions

1. Which words from the poem best describe a symbolic meaning of the clay?

A.No directions

B.Silent hands

C.unshaped dreams

D.lacking ambition

power questions read running rapids
Power Questions-Read “Running Rapids”

2. Which action described in the story symbolizes Zachary's growing up?

A. He and his father worked feverishly together to steer the canoe.

B. Zachary was startled into action.

C. He changed seats with his father and gripped the paddle confidently.

D. Zachary kept alert and soon got the feel of the canoe.

power questions read running rapids1
Power Questions-Read “Running Rapids”

2. Which action described in the story symbolizes Zachary's growing up?

A. He and his father worked feverishly together to steer the canoe.

B. Zachary was startled into action.

C. He changed seats with his father and gripped the paddle confidently.

D. Zachary kept alert and soon got the feel of the canoe.

summarizer
Summarizer
  • 3-2-1
    • List three conventional symbols
    • List two private symbols
    • List one way to identify a symbol
assignment
Assignment
  • Write a 6-8 line poem that has symbolism in it.
    • It doesn’t have to rhyme, though it can have any rhyme scheme.