Symbol is always useful in poetry as it brings language and poems to another level literally because I symbol has meaning beyond itself. Like the “black crow” for “death” or the “sun” for “life and happiness”. There are symbols that most people are familiar with, and you can create your own symbols. You have to be super careful with your own symbols as they need to be clarified because people may not know what you are talking about. You can just simply make it clear or leave it obscure. No one has to know what the symbol is and maybe someone down the line will figure it out. It’s up to you. You are the poet and this is your playground. You set the rules and everyone can obey or they won’t.
So I am going to play with symbol a little in a poem and see what happens.
He picked a purple flower that day
because that is how she made him feel.
He was sure of his calculations at school.
He was sure of how his mom would make him
his meals, and instill confidence inside of him.
He was sure his mom would be there for him always.
This girl though with her flowing brown hair
and her bright white smile
and ability to laugh at everything
made him feel purple.
He was picking flowers
that is how this girl made him feel.
He was unsure though of what to do.
He saw the purple shirt on the actor in the movie
and the purple in the computer mouse.
He wonder why this was coming out at him.
He knew she loved art.
He walked up to her
and handed her a set of purple pencils
and she smiled
and she offered to draw him.
When she responded he started to see
way more colors than purple.
So that was a little, you could say purple was symbolizing love or feelings, emotions. Try your hand at symbols in your poems. There are a vast array to choose from. Examples are nautical, serious symbols, nature, household, automobiles, and think up your own. Cheers!
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