Poems Technique Of Symbolism

Published: July 2018

Poems With Symbolism

13 Poems With Symbolism

Symbolism is a technique used in writing when one thing stands for something else. Some examples of symbolism are a rainbow represents hope, a withering leaf stands for aging and a dove with an olive branch is a symbol of peace.

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    I wrote this poem many years ago when I was grieving my grandfather's death. He was a published poet and the light of my life. I saw him as that oak tree. He was always so strong, and his faith never wavered. He taught me so much about life and love and family, but most of all about Christian faith. He will be forever missed, but someday I will meet him in heaven, and until then this will always be my tribute to Caleb Fowler, the greatest man I ever knew.

    Mighty Oak

    Strong And Inspiring Like A Mighty Tree

    in Inspirational Poems

    Stand tall, oh mighty oak, for all the world to see.
    Your strength and undying beauty forever amazes me.
    Though storm clouds hover above you,
    Your branches span the sky
    In search of the radiant sunlight you
    Count on to survive.
    When the winds are high and restless and
    You lose a limb or two,
    It only makes you stronger.
    We could learn so much from you.
    Though generations have come and gone
    And brought about such change,
    Quietly you've watched them all,
    Yet still remained the same.
    I only pray God gives to me
    The strength he's given you
    To face each day with hope,
    Whether skies are black or blue.
    Life on earth is truly a gift.
    Every moment we must treasure.
    It's the simple things we take for granted
    That become our ultimate pleasures.

    Strong And Inspiring Like A Mighty Tree, Mighty Oak

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    This poem has greatly touched me. The poet has a firm faith in his father, which every son ought to have. A father is the center point for a son's life. To have faith in him and live the life...

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    Caged Bird By Maya Angelou was first published in her book, "Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?" in 1983. The poem is a Metaphor illustrating the differences between African-Americans and Whites during the civil rights era. The author, a black woman who grew up in the South during this era, is expressing her feelings at the discrimination she faced during her life. Her first autobiography published in 1970 is titled, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

    Caged Bird

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    The free bird leaps
    on the back of the wind
    and floats downstream
    till the current ends
    and dips his wings
    in the orange sun rays
    and dares to claim the sky.

    But a bird that stalks
    down his narrow cage
    can seldom see through
    his bars of rage
    his wings are clipped and
    his feet are tied
    so he opens his throat to sing.

    The caged bird sings
    with fearful trill
    of the things unknown
    but longed for still
    and his tune is heard
    on the distant hill for the caged bird
    sings of freedom

    The free bird thinks of another breeze
    and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
    and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
    and he names the sky his own.

    But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
    his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
    his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
    so he opens his throat to sing

    The caged bird sings
    with a fearful trill
    of things unknown
    but longed for still
    and his tune is heard
    on the distant hill
    for the caged bird
    sings of freedom.

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    I remember this poem from my guided reading class in 5th grade. I remember it well. This poem really touched me, and reading it again just made my day. This poem, I remember it being about...

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    Langston Hughes was a prominent writer during the Harlem Renaissance. In this poem, a mother uses the metaphor of life being like a staircase to give advice to her son. While there are difficult times, you must keep moving like you would while walking up a staircase.

    Mother To Son

    in Famous Family Poems

    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 time
    I'se been a-climbin' on,
    And reachin' landin's,
    And turnin' corners,
    And sometimes goin' in the dark
    Where there ain't been no light.
    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.

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    I was not a very good student when I was in school. I did the minimal amount of work required, retained little and barely paid attention. In 1965, my 8th grade English teacher read MOTHER TO...

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    I love my niece very much, but sadly, my sister took her to live far away. My heart breaks when I talk to her on the phone because she is going through a tough time, and I can't comfort her. I wrote this poem for her on her 10th birthday.

    Endure Like A Tree

    • By Alicia Quetzalcoatl
    • Published: May 2015
    Poem About Enduring The Hardships You Face In Life

    in Hope Poems

    To get through life you have to endure as a tree does.
    When Mother Nature tries to bring you down,
    You will never fall; you will stand your ground.
    You will encounter burning flames.
    Yes, it will be painful and hard,
    But once it's over and done with,
    Your bark will grow back stronger than ever.
    When your leaves start to slowly leave,
    Never fret, there will be more to take their place.
    They'll come and go throughout your life,
    That's just how it is.
    From the time you're a seedling to the time you're mature,
    Your roots will always be there to support you.
    After many years,
    After enduring forest fires and changing leaves,
    Your own saplings will fall away to start anew.
    Then you'll know not to worry,
    They'll grow into tall, strong trees,
    Just like those before you.

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    Hello I am Salih Abass. I lost my father while I was very young, and I was taken away from my mother to my grandmother even before I was two years. She took me to school. I lost my grandmom...

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    A short inspirational reminder to flow with changes.

    Note To Self

    Metaphor For Dealing With Change

    in Inspirational Poems

    Be like the willow that bends,
    shade that it sends,
    peace that it lends.

    During the breeze
    its leaves will appease
    and shift with ease.

    Enduring, alluring, maturing.
    Be like the willow that bends.

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    This is an amazing poem - saying so much in very few words. Things don't always go the way we want, and sometimes we have to adapt and do so cheerfully - a very important lesson. It is also...

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    This poem by William Blake (1757-1827 London) depicts the value of not holding bad feelings inside. In the poem, he suggests that sharing your bad feelings with the one you are angry about will cause the ill will to disappear. On the other hand, holding a grudge inside will only make it grow more powerful. The poem ends with a murder in a garden.

    A Poison Tree

    in Famous Friendship Poems

    I was angry with my friend:
    I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
    I was angry with my foe:
    I told it not, my wrath did grow.

    And I waterd it in fears
    Night & morning with my tears;
    And I sunned it with smiles,
    And with soft deceitful wiles.

    And it grew both day and night,
    Till it bore an apple bright.
    And my foe beheld it shine,
    And he knew that it was mine,

    And into my garden stole,
    When the night had veiled the pole;
    In the morning glad I see
    My foe outstretchd beneath the tree.

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    A Poison Tree is a short and deceptively simple poem about repressing anger and the consequences of doing so. The speaker tells of how they fail to communicate their wrath to their foe and...

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    The poem is a comparison between waves and time.

    A Smooth Beach

    • By Chase
    • Published: July 2018
    A Comparison Between Waves And Time

    in Beach Poems

    Waves continuously wash away footprints,
    Like time washes away, leaving you with a clean slate.
    A smooth beach.
    Waves wash away the good and bad.
    Waves and time don't discriminate.
    All encompassing,
    Everything returns to the ocean.
    It's just a matter of time
    Before you're washed away.

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    A poem about the cycle of life. We are all intertwined and help others grow.

    Seeds Of Growth

    • By David Rivera
    • Published: February 2006
    A Poem About The Cycle Of Life

    in Change Poems

    Water the seed, and a plant will grow.
    Feed the plant, and a tree will grow.
    Give a tree room, and it will bloom.
    A seed to a plant,
    A plant to a tree,
    A boy to a man,
    A man to a father.
    Care for the boy, and the man will grow.
    Teach the man, and a father will grow.
    I see my boys.
    I see my joy.
    Care for my boys, and I, the man, will grow.
    Teach me, my boys, and your father will grow.
    You can't have the tree without the plant.
    You can't have the plant without the seed.
    I can't be a father without being a man.
    I, the man, can't be a father without my boys.
    The cycle of life.
    The man, the boys, the father.
    The seed, the plant, the tree.

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    I had an idea of what being a father was. But, as I had my own children, becoming a father made me reflect and change completely my relationship with my parents and what I conceived as being...

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    My name is Paul, and the one woman I loved judged my looks rather than my heart.

    Vibrant Colors

    • By Paul T. East
    • Published: July 2016
    Don't Judge Me

    in Relationship Poems

    Don't judge my cover; it's not mine.
    I was given this to wear for the duration of my time.
    Over time it has become creased, ripped, and worn,
    A once perfect canvas the day I was born.

    Even the corners are rounded and jaded.
    The vibrant colors that once were have now faded.
    Deep inside there are pages missing.
    I wish that one day you would sit and listen.

    Turn these pages slowly and rewind time,
    For it's down to you to make up your mind.
    Gently close me; be careful of my cover.
    Then place me back on the shelf for someone new to discover...

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    I wrote this poem as a free verse assignment a while ago. I believe it inspires you to never give up on who you are because you're beautiful as yourself.

    The Rose

    • By Billie Jo
    • Published: May 2013
    You're Beautiful As Yourself

    in Metaphor Poems

    The sun went away
    The sky went black
    Up came the wind
    I fell on my back

    It started to rain
    I began to sink
    Then I lifted my head
    And took a drink

    I perked myself up
    And said "please don't cry"
    And wiped off my petals
    Until they were dry

    The clouds soon parted
    And out came the sun
    The beauty in me
    Has only begun.

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    We watch with bated breath as our children spread their wings, fearing that they will fall and become dejected.

    A New Beginning

    • By Troy Martin, Jr.
    • Published: February 2006
    Metaphor For A Child Growing Up

    in Growing Up Poems

    A little egg under her mother's wings.
    Yet to be born into the world of things.

    A crack and a pop out she came.
    Old and new, it was all the same.

    Well nourished by mom, she began to sing.
    Ready to learn of life and everything.

    Innocence of new, she started up her flaps.
    Not knowing of life, and all its traps.

    Mother watched on, with a big chuckle.
    As she sprang out of the nest, with no buckle.

    Back and forth, she swayed, on the ground.
    As her mother watched for danger, all around.

    She tried and tried until that day.
    Fly she did, but not in a graceful way.

    The day came, like mother knew it would.
    For her child to fly away, like she should.

    Off towards the horizon, fling she went.
    Mother watching from afar, knowing it was time well spent.

    Many times, the hailstorms of life beat her down.
    Sometimes in flight, all the way to the ground.

    Lessons well learned, she still lost her way.
    Fluttered home to mom, with nothing to say.

    Under mother's wings once more, did she heal.
    The grace of mothers, no one can steal.

    By grace did she heal, down to the core.
    Ready to take on life and its challenges once more.

    She flew from the tree, mom proud to see.
    She became the strongest sparrow, that ever would be.

    The eagles bowed down, had nothing on her, by the way.
    She flew, glided and God, did she soar that day.

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    Yes it touches to my heart.
    As we are the parents who do this for our children to make them strongest on earth.

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    The poem "A Butterfly" is dedicated to my Grandmother Eva, who has since passed over to Heaven. She is my inspiration. She was a person I could tell my secrets to, a person who would cheer me when I was sad and help me up each time I fell. My grandmother always looked to the positive in life, and although she is now on her journey into the afterlife, she still comforts me in spirit and in my dreams. I am never alone because my grandmother is with me always.
    Love you, Grandma...

    A Butterfly

    • By Silvia Burley
    • Published: July 2015
    Poem About Being Comforted By Grandma's Spirit

    in Spiritual Poems about Death

    A caterpillar walks in beauty
    through the sunshine and the rain,
    leaving sweet memories
    to ease away the pain.

    In time her image changes,
    and yet her soul remains the same,
    returning to the heavens
    from that in which she came.

    A butterfly of beauty,
    dancing upon the reef,
    softly whispers to me,
    comforts me in grief.

    Do not cry for me.
    Together we are one.
    My love for you shines brighter
    than the ever glowing sun.

    Her beauty, the brightest colors,
    gentle touch of love,
    fluttering wings casting light,
    shining through the clouds above.

    A caterpillar walked in beauty;
    a gentle soul was she.
    Alas, she is now a butterfly.
    Yet she'll always be Grandma to me.

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    A young girl compares life to a rose.

    A Thorny Rose

    • By Kirston D. Warfield
    • Published: February 2006

    in Short Poems

    Our life is like a thorny rose
    Not perfect, but always beautiful
    The thorns represent the hardships in our lives.
    The delicate red petals represent the fun and beautiful things in our lives.
    As a young rose the petals hugging around the seed
    are the family and friends who protect, love, and care for us.

    A Thorny Rose

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    Lovely Poem. Life means struggling. We know we may seem like a rose, but some thorns are our weaknesses. Let's forget all the awkward moments and smile like a rose accepting the thorns for a...

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