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Transcript of Allusion

Chapter Eight
Allusion, as defined in
- a reference to something in history or previous literature

The dictionary also includes 2 definitions:
1. a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication
Ex: "The novel's title is an allusion to Shakespeare."

2. the act or practice of making a casual or indirect reference to something; the act of alluding
Ex: "The Bible is a fertile source of allusion in art."
So, tell me teach'. What's 'allusion'?
Actually, allusion is still pretty common in pop culture today. Allusion is used in your: video games, television shows, music, films, and books.
For example - Phineas and Ferb alludes to: Star Wars, Star Trek, and Frankenstein (just to name a few)

In poetry, the most frequently alluded to are classical mythology, Shakespeare, or the Bible - typically the King James version
When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
"Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?"
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, "God doth not need
Either man's work or is own gifts. Who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait."

John Milton (1608-1674)
On His Blindness
Two brothers devised what at sight
Two brothers devised what at sight
Seemed a bicycle crossed with a kite.
They predicted---rash pair!
It would fly through the air!
And what do you know? The were Wright!

Laurence Perrine (1915-1995)
We don't really use allusion anymore, though, right?
So, like, why do we use it?
Allusions are a means of reinforcing the emotion or the ideas of one's own work with the emotion or ideas of another work or occasion. Meaning, poets and authors use allusion to tie two works together that share the same emotion.
Also, allusions compact much meaning into a very small space which is an invaluable asset to poets.
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