Words That Pack a Punch Project

By: Logan Wambach


Symbolism gives the writer the freedom to give a single word a double meaning. Writers should use symbolism because it gives them new words while writing. Some examples of symbolism are

1. In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”, the black bird stands for death and loss.

2. In William Blake’s “Ah Sunflower”, the sunflower represents people and the sun represents life

3. In William Wordsworth’s “She Dwelt Amoung Untrodden Ways” innocence and beauty
4. In Sara Teasdale’s “Wild Asters”, ‘spring’ and ‘daisies’ are symbols of youth and ‘bitter autumn’ is a symbol of death

5. In Samuel Taylor Coleridge's “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, the albatross can be seen as standing for a burden you must bear


An allusion is a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance. It does not describe in detail the person or thing to which it refers. Authors should use allusion because it gives them a way to put a brief and indirect reference to a person, ect or idea of historical, ect significance. Here are some examples of allusion:
1. “I was surprised his nose was not growing like Pinocchio’s.” This refers to the story of Pinocchio, where his nose grew whenever he told a lie. It is from The Adventures of Pinocchio, written by Carlo Collodi.

2. “When she lost her job, she acted like a Scrooge, and refused to buy anything that wasn’t necessary.” Scrooge was an extremely stingy character from Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol.

  • 3. “I thought the software would be useful, but it was a Trojan Horse.” This refers to the horse that the Greeks built that contained all the soldiers. It was given as a gift to the enemy during the Trojan War and, once inside the enemy's walls, the soldiers broke out. By using trickery, the Greeks won the war.
  • 4. “He was a real Romeo with the ladies.” Romeo was a character in Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, and was very romantic in expressing his love for Juliet.
  • 5. “Chocolate was her Achilles’ heel.” This means that her weakness was her love of chocolate. Achilles is a character in Greek mythology who was invincible. His mother dipped him in magical water when he was a baby, and she held him by the heel. The magic protected him all over, except for his heel.