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An allusion is a literary device that stimulates ideas, associations, and extra information in the reader\'s mind with only a word or two. Allusion means \'reference\'. It relies on the reader being able to understand the allusion and being familiar with all of the meaning hidden behind the words. Allusions in writing help the reader to visualize what\'s happening by evoking a mental picture. But the reader must be aware of the allusion and must be familiar with what it alludes to.


Allusions are commonly made to the Bible, nursery rhymes, myths, famous fictional or historical characters or events, and Shakespeare. They can be used in prose and poetry. "Christy didn\'t like to spend money. She was no Scrooge, but she seldom purchased anything except the bare necessities".


I am afraid of spiders, but I\'m no cowardly lion!

  • From Taylor Swift song “Love Story”
      • See you make your way through the crowd,And say, "Hello", Little did I know, That you were Romeo, You were throwing pebbles,And my daddy said, "Stay away from Juliet."

What do each of these images mean?

  • something such as an object, picture, written word, sound, or particular mark that represents something else by association (what it makes you think of or feel), resemblance (what it looks like), or convention (general practice, custom, use)

A symbol is often an ordinary object, event, person, or animal to which we have attached extraordinary meaning and significance.


The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.


Roads-This poem is about actual and figurative roads: the roads we walk and drive on, and the roads we take through life. As the speaker of this poem discusses, for every road we take, there\'s a road we don\'t take.

  • Nature-The speaker tells us the woods are yellow, so we can infer that it\'s autumn. The metaphorical significance of this poem taking place in autumn could be that the speaker is making this choice in the fall of his life, when he\'s beginning to grow old