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From dancing daffodils to a wandering breeze poets use many different literary tools to help express their thoughts The dictionary defines symbolism as the representation of things by means of a symbol Imagery also a type of symbol can be defined as mental images or figures of speech These include vivid descriptions which convey poetic images Authors like William Blake feel that the use of symbolism and imagery assist in bringing their works of art to life William Blake was born in London He grew up taking on odds jobs giving drawing lessons and illustrating books This work helped him to support his vision to write poetry Although Blake was able to write poetry he died before he was ever recognized for his work Blake used many imagenative descriptions to help the reader visualize his thoughts Through Blakes original portrayal of an echoing green we are told of much more than a field He takes a simple piece of land and allows us to see inside its existence with the use of symbolism and imagery For example this excerpt The Sun does arise And make happy the skies The merry bells ring To welcome the Spring We know that the sun cannot arise but with Blakes use of personification we get a completely different picture The sun in a sense is our alarm clock waking us to begin our day making the skies happy by filling them with comfort and warm air Blake describes his echoing green as a place where the birds sing and children play Overlooking all this is Old John He watches in delight as the girls and boys play then run to their mothers like birds in their nest as the green darkens The sun is a symbol of comfort and security When it is present the children feel they can run about but as it leaves they must retreat to their mothers for fear of being alone
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