Symbolism in Poetry Objectives: 1.Students will be able to give examples of symbols and explain their meaning. 2.Students will be able to identify symbolism in a poem and explain its appeal.
Symbolism When an object stands for ________ and a ________________________________. itself greater idea, value, person, or way of life
How To Find Symbolism in a Poem 1.Identify an ___________ that could be a symbol. A symbol will usually be… A. An object that is described in great detail or given importance. B. An object that appears many times in a work 2. Think about how the author ________________ in the poem. 3. Decide what the object ____________ to the author based on how it is used. This is what the object symbolizes. object uses the object represents
Would you rather your lover gave you a I would prefer to have a (limousine/perfect rose) from someone I love because…
“One Perfect Rose” by Dorothy Parker, 1926 A single flow'r he sent me, since we met. All tenderly his messenger he chose; Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet — One perfect rose. I knew the language of the floweret; “My fragile leaves,” it said, “his heart enclose.” Love long has taken for his amulet One perfect rose. Why is it no one ever sent me yet One perfect limousine, do you suppose? Ah no, it's always just my luck to get One perfect rose. 1. What is the main symbol in the poem? 2. What does the rose symbolize? 4. What message is Dorothy Parker trying to convey (share) in this poem? 3. What does the limousine symbolize?
The Rose That Grew from Concrete By Tupac Shakur Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk without having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared. 1. What does the rose symbolize? 2. What is nature’s law? Why is it important that the rose proved it wrong? 3. What does the concrete symbolize? 4. What message is Tupac trying to convey (share) in this poem?
Closing Why do Tupac and Dorothy Parker use symbolism? Why don’t they just tell us what they literally mean? Objective Check-off 1.Students will be able to give examples of symbols and explain their meaning. 2.Students will be able to identify symbolism in a poem and explain its appeal.