Symbolism In 'Passed On'

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Creating memories is one of the most beautiful and happy moments for an individual especially if those moments are with their loved ones. Although memories can last forever, people do not live forever. Anything can happen today, tomorrow or the day after, but the real question is how can an individual endure the pain of a lost one? In "Passed On" by Erin Belieu, the author reveals that even if an individual loses a loved one, the precious memories that they have created will remain with them forever and happiness will overtake their sadness; thus, creates an important theme towards the poem using symbolism and figurative imagery. The use of symbolism in the poem is important because the author uses nature to create a meaning between life, …show more content…
The author uses some life-like word choices, for example, "Her thin bouquet of corn flowers remains the brightest thing he'd ever see." (Belieu 25-27) the author uses flowers as an object to describe the bright side which represents life. In the husband's view, the husband only views the beautiful side about his wife; therefore, his wife is someone that he treasures well. In the poem, "How long ago, a man gave his grass soul to her in her brown dress" (Belieu 30-32) In addition to the fact that he only views the beautiful side of his wife, he also gives "moral" support to her hoping she would grow. In the beginning of the poem, the author reveals that "She was small. She never grew" (Belieu 6-7) which can mean that she never had the confidence in being herself. Even though death signifies the end of life, it also represents the beginning of a new life for an individual. Another word …show more content…
The author focuses on grass which is something that grows in the wild, and everything in nature grows. For example, "a formal nest of grass that wove green thread around his soul, a bed of mud and cellulose" (Belieu 2-5) this may represent that after death, the new life begins for an individual which is similar to plants, once they die, the new ones start to grow. Since nature is renewing with seasonal changes, nature still brings out the best to many individuals. The author expresses their idea using nature to reveal life after death which can be something that is beautiful. Nature is something that many individuals enjoy while they have the chance to because it is beautiful, and because it is filled with happiness. In the wife's point of view, she would reminisce about the good memories that she has with her husband, rather than the bad ones now that he is gone. The author reveals that life, death and nature has a relationship connection that can create significant meaning. In the poem, it shows how strong the wife and husband's relationship are which leaves them with a precious

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