practice of representing things by symbols

Symbolism is the practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character.[1] A symbol is an object, action, or idea that stands for something other than itself, often of a more abstract nature. Symbolism creates quality aspects that make literature like poetry and novels more meaningful.

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  1. "Symbolism." Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 01 Jan. 2012. <>.