Ernest Hemingway on Symbolism

Then there is the other secret. The isn’t any symbolysm [misspelled]. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know.

Ernest Hemingway, letter to Bernard Berenson, 1952

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