Tim Truzy is a poet, short-story author, and he is currently working on several novels.
Childhood Memories of Snow Days
As a boy, snowy days always brought the neighborhood kids together to play in someone’s yard. We built snow men and made snow angels. My little group tossed snow balls and built fortresses. By early evening when the sun was starting to set, we always found a hill to go sleighing. Sometimes, we improvised, using homemade sleds from trays or boards. However, someone in the group usually had a real sled. The race was on to see who would go the fastest and the farthest on our frozen course.
Today with the snow thick outside, I remembered those cherished days and thought about how those boys would probably tell these stories differently
Each would have a slight variation on our gathering. Each would be unique in his remembrance. Every boy would cast his grown-up gaze backwards and express things according to his experience and knowledge. Like the falling snowflakes, every one of us has been shaped differently over life before we will eventually reach the ground.
Symbolic Meanings of Snow in Literature and other Art
- Each of us move through life, shaped by events, forming new skills and views before we stop living. For this reason, authors play extensively on this idea when using snow in literature, paintings, and movies. For instance, snow can be a sign of finality or death. Snowy environments could also demonstrate a dark and cold situation. This type of precipitation is frequently synonymous with danger.
- As with the arrival or departure of explorers and settlers, snow may be used to illustrate solid determination. Uniformity of a group in values is also a way in which snow is used in art. Authors may wish to show strength and courage in a character or place with this particular literary symbol. Bravery and the ability to meet challenges by the characters may be signified through the presence of snow in a work. In essence, snow and sleet may suggest the presence of resilience.
- Authors may have an image of snow present in the work to indicate fun or purity. In these instances, characters or places appear to be completely innocent of any actions which may occur within the work. Usually, such work may have an impending disaster, such as a blizzard, about to shake the very foundations of the community or an individual. Yet, some authors may feature snow as a protective blanket, suggesting shelter from any threat. In this way, snow may be a signal of comfort and safety. Snow in some works can foreshadow resurgence.
My Snow story with You
I brushed the flakes,
Piled to the roof and further,
I did not know from how far up you came,
Fluttering from Heaven upon chilly abode,
Moist as tears from a babe’s face-
Colder still than steel of Hades’ blade,
Where my emotions lay wasting away
From your frigid response icing wind,
Not granted clear and sunny day.
You channeled festering storm cloud this date.
, Single flakes hurry from sky mingling with shingles,
Soft distinct chatter of atmospheric descent,
Extending eons in to bygone eras,
Blending tales of nature’s flow.
Sitting under the downpour,
Seeing my loneliness gather foggy from an icy step,
Join hands with Love on glorious couch:
Except I lost my footing entering door,
Sliding back to where you met me.
Encircling cycles of life and living,
Dying and giving to streams, lakes, and the mightiest of seas,
Reservoir of knowledge shares none of these with me,
Soaking the earth below autumn’s leaves.
Covering cars parked beneath old tarps,
Staying sharp shine against reflective freshness,
A newness borne of the winter air,
Barns to barnacles fail to care.
As I surely do in the smothering pristine quilt,
In Love’s arms of fire from wooden flames,
Cold fury embraces avalanche white fur,
Out from where mere conflicting afflicted humans,
Shelter in the sweltering passion of the season,
Summer stays in soggy socks and sneakers,
While winter knocks with cold fingers.
And we built a snow man,
A poor man worn cap and all,
A slack stiff statue while we danced and ducked snowballs.
Your hands icicles in mine,
Sentiments warm chasing frost from the air
And we both shared that snow man’s cap:
Laughing, playing, praying, and staying,
Above the fallen snow.
Remember the big hill behind Farmer Jackson’s house?
Whirling and twirling, spinning until crashing into trees,
on trays meant to be sleds and sleighs,
Pretending NASCAR in our backyard.
And the snow angels knew the songs we wouldn’t sing,
Their melodies melting the frost and freezing breath
Of winter voice cooing our ears.
Black and white old movie of Arctic,
Chocolate hot cup and cream whipped to exhaustion,
Police towing dark van away from ditch,
And night flickers on and off with the deepening snow,
Vanishing to finish our duet.
Two Literary works with Snow Symbolism
Although we have encountered the use of snow to represent various themes in literature and films throughout our lives, a reader should scrutinize the entirety of the text or cinematic production to better comprehend what is being revealed about the meaning of the fluffy and soft precipitation. Sometimes, this is quite simple, such as in fairy tales. However, the use of snow could symbolize different things as the book, poem or movie moves to the conclusion. This is not uncommon for symbols which have multiple meanings. Below I’ve provided a few literary works which you may want to read for more ideas about the symbolism snow provides in literature and other art. But these are not the only examples. Explore and enjoy.
- Guterson, D., Ward, S., & Wozniak, O. (2002). Snow falling on cedars: David Guterson. New York: Spark Pub.
- Ivey, E., & Ransome, A. (2014). The snow child. London: Tinder Press.