[n] an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor
[n] a short moral story (often with animal characters)
[n] a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
A poem in which the characters or descriptions convey a hidden symbolic or moral message. For example, the various knights in The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser are allegorical representations of virtues such as truth, friendship and justice.
apologue, emblem, fable, parable
Aesop's fables, Agnus Dei, badge, donkey, dove, eagle, elephant, ensign, expressive style, fasces, Hakenkreuz, hammer and sickle, Magen David, maple-leaf, medallion, Mogen David, national flag, Paschal Lamb, red flag, scarlet letter, spread eagle, Star of David, story, style, swastika, symbol, symbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization