10 Examples of Symbolism, According to the Internet

This week's lesson on literature and politics.

(SPOT.ph) Symbolism has long been used by poets, fictionists, painters, and other artists to convey a message. It is defined as the "use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense." So when you want to draw about imprisonment and social injustice, you paint an image of a chain on your canvas. When the poet William Wordsworth said "My heart leaps up when I behold / A rainbow in the sky," he was talking about hope and good things. When Emily Dickinson wrote "A light exists in Spring," she was representing light as happiness. You get the drill.



On May 29, Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson drew flak for using a photo of soldiers in Honduras to match the Facebook post: "Let's pray for our army. Panalangin din po natin ang mga pamilyang naiwan at nababahala sa kalagayan ng kanilang asawa at tatay." This was pointed out by Twitter account @AltTeamAFP and was immediately picked up by news sites.



Her retort? "I did not say na Philippine Army ‘yan. I did not say that picture was taken from Marawi. It's a symbol of army praying...Common sense lang na hindi sa atin ‘yan kasi may flag sila sa vest nila. Ba't ko ipo-post na sa Pilipinas ‘yan e may flag nga ng ibang bansa. Common sense na it is a symbolism," she said on her Facebook account Mocha Uson Blog on May 30.


Well, if you put it that way. Here are other symbolisms courtesy of the Internet:












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