Saturday, September 16, 2006

Mirrors and Frogs - Images and Symbols

Dear Dead Beat,

what is the difference between an image and a symbol?


Dear Embarassed,

rechristen yourself - call yourself Brave or Willing to Learn.

Actually it is a huge question, but Dead Beat thinks the answer is simple -
a symbol is an image that gets repeated. Therefore a mirror is an image. Repeat it however and the image takes on great meaning or we read more into it and it becomes symbolic.

If I write a poem and mention a frog it is an image - if I repeatedly write about the frog it takes on more meaning - a symbol.

Next question, by the way - what is an image?

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