What is the chief symbol in Lorna Crozier's poem "Forms of Innocence"? What does the symbol suggest beyond its literal meaning?

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The speaker in "Forms of Innocence" relies on the symbol of a black swan to convey her feelings about her first sexual encounter. There are two different layers of symbolism in this one image.

First, the bird of choice is a swan; this bird typically symbolizes grace and beauty. Birds are often symbolic of freedom and breaking free of earthly constraints. The girl, then, looks upon this sexual encounter as a beautiful escape from the social constraints she finds herself under. By contrast, she has been raised in a home where "no one / ever touched anything," indicating an environment lacking any sensuality. The speaker rejects this through her sexual act and sees the moment as an escape that has taken her to places she never could have experienced otherwise. She realizes that this is not what is expected of her; she is expected to conform to be like the other white swans—pure and innocent, never...

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