An allusion is a reference to a person place or thing real or fictional outside of the text at hand
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An allusion is a reference to a person place or thing real or fictional outside of the text at hand

Successful allusions enrich the work by bringing in additional associations for the reader An allusion to the Bible for example might allow an author to call up an entire worldview and moral code The danger in using allusion is that the reader may n

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An allusion is a reference to a person place or thing real or fictional outside of the text at hand




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An allusion is a reference to a person, place, or thing, real or fictional, outside of the text at hand. Successful allusions enrich the work by bringing in additional associations for the reader. An allusion to the Bible, for example, might allow an author to call up an entire worldview and moral code. The danger in using allusion is that the reader may not be familiar with whatever it is that the author is alluding to. In some cases, this does not pose a major problem. Not infrequently, however, the success of a work of literature hinges, in whole or in part, on the readerís

ability to identify an allusion. This can be especially problematic when the reader is faced with a work from a different culture, for he or she does not share a frame of reference with the author and may not understand references to particular traditions and works of literature. In any case, it is usually best to look an unfamiliar allusion up in a dictionary or another reference work. Literary allusion has a long history; even some ancient texts allude to still earlier texts. For some of the modernist poets of the twentieth century, allusion became an indispensable tool. Poets such as T. S.

Eliot and Ezra Pound were trying to establish a link with the past. One of the ways in which they did this was by alluding to earlier texts. Writers often allude to other works of literature, but they can allude to anything from any sphere of life, public or private.