RARA-AVIS: Symbols in "Good Work."

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 25 Mar 2007


You said, wrote, posted ... whatever:

<<Hemingway said that any symbolism had to be an unplanned coincidence in good writing, but he was lying. Good writing often employs very purposeful symbolism.>>

Maybe "good" writers plant symbols in good writing, but I often find symbols in my own work that are absolutely unplanned. After I recognize them, I may embellish them. I have never planned a symbol, but I have often recognized them in my own work.

I don't think Hemingway lied. I'm a firm believer in the Freudian aspects of writing. There are not only Freudian slips, there are Freudian puns--my subconscious is far more clever than my conscious mind. I believe in Freudian symbols, even when unintended.

Jack Bludis

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