What to Submit?
One original poem on the theme of:
Fantasy (Allegory - Symbol)
You may describe any fantasy of yours (poetically, of course).
Any form is acceptable. Please, keep it under 29 lines.
!!! Glory !!!
Consider "Allegory" an extended metaphor. (read below)
Consider "Symbol" something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible.The poem-example I include exhibits what a "symbol" (the bergamot tree), and what an allegory-fantasy are; the main theme describes a real event (the mountain climbing) that was a resemblance of another, fictitious event taking place in the imaginary world, the Climber created in his mind.
Example - Poem (Please do not include any part of the poem in your post):
The ridge beyond defined his scopes;
on his Elysian fields both laughed;
white smile of roses while she asked,
if she could stare at him on slopes.
A climber walked beyond the ridge,
where nothing was but white thin clouds,
a bergamot and his mind's doubts,
have passed across his soul's time bridge.
The climber watched clouds' forms disperse,
in air the town was hung and Halls
with dancers' smiling saddened souls,
- defined the image, brief and terse.
Amid the dancers, courtly laced,
a graceful Princess smiled to him,
the bergamot was there to hint
that this transmittance was space-braced.
Beyond the ridge white Angels roamed
(or were the clouds that turned to rain?)
the bergamot sung a refrain,
on slopes cloud dancers only domed.
("The climber jumps above the ridge,
the climber laughs while dancers bow,
the splendid waltz transmits their glow,
a Princess waits upon time's bridge.")
Unspoken was she and the crags,
returned the bergamot's refrain;
Oh, her beatitude's soft rain,
washed down the slopes his verses sung.
© G.V. 12-12-2012 All rights reserved
[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.
[n] something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible; "the eagle is a symbol of the United States"
[n] an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
A type of image that transferred something that represents something else, such as Spring for youth, or darkness for death. Symbols are useful in transferring ideals carried in the image without stating them.
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Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.