Figurative Language and Poetry

For poetry to exist there are alot to be added together to form one meaningful thing. In this edition we are going to look at figurative language, specifically on symbols, how it shifts the meaning of motion pictures and sounds of poetry. That is why poetry is deep, and needs a far fetched meaning.

Let’s start with Symbol as a figurative language used in poetry.

To get it right we need to have an extensive research over it. Let’s go into Longman Concise English dictionary. Symbol is
(1) Something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of association, convention, e.t.c
(2) a sign used in writing or printing to represent operations, qualities, elements, relations, or qualities in aparticular field (e.g. Chemestry or music)

Just to add on those meanings, poetry often times uses such qualities or elements to paint a picture it may stand for A sign, token etc to represent a huge chunk of stories.
Poets use symbols because they are considered to be part of semnic indirection as they convey deeper meanings.

Symbol is something in the world of senses, including an action, that manifests (reveal) or signifies (is a sign for or a pointer to) a thing, or numinous

Samuel John(1755) termed it “A type; that which comprehends in its figure a representation of something else” A word denotes, refers to, or labels something in the world, but a symbol, as athing in the world (to which a word, of course, may point) has a concreteness not shared by language and points to something often what transecends ordinary exprience. Any tree, for example, arguably symbolises treeness, a plantonic form. Any image or action termed a Jungian archetype is also Symbolic in that it manifests something in the collective unconscious of human beings.

Writers often use symbols when they believe in a transcendental reality. A metaphor compare two or more things that are no more and no less reall than anything else in the world. For a metaphor to be symbolic, one of its pair of elements must manifest or reveal yet something else transcendental.

Cleanth brooks and Robert Penn Warren in Understanding poetry (3rd edition; 1960), however, say that the symbol may be regarded as a metaphor from which the first term has been emitted(556)

An object or action that means more than it’s lateral meaning. For example, the cross symbolizes Christianity, and the rose is a symbol of love. Here are examples
-there are perfumes that fresh
like child’s flesh
sweet like oboes, green like
mea dows
-And others, corrupt, rich, and
Having the expansiveness of infinite things
Like amber, music, benzoin, and incense, which sing of the rapture of the soul and senses
-“I want to drink poisons, to lose myself in mists, in dream!”
…………adapted from yahoo Answers: links/share opinion and Answer by ari-pup- 5 years ago

Using symbols in poetry saves time and resources. For brevity is achieved with ease.

Just to sum up everything, A symbol May be roughly defined as something that means more than what it is and something more too. It is like an image, or metaphor for they shade into each other and sometimes difficult to distinguish.

Once again be a poet to dance on; leave a legacy, a long legacy in simple terms- thus symbol. Symbolise your art of poetry!!


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