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Bellringer – 02/03/14. (In your journal section) What does the following phrase mean to you? “ART IMITATES ART”. Allusion. What is it?. A literary device A reference to a famous person, event, or literary work It’s often BRIEF and without explanation

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Bellringer 02 03 14

Bellringer – 02/03/14

(In your journal section)

What does the following phrase mean to you?

“ART IMITATES ART”


Allusion

Allusion


What is it

What is it?

  • A literary device

  • A reference to a famous person, event, or literary work

  • It’s often BRIEF and without explanation

  • (When an author uses allusion, what does he/she assume about the audience?)


Why would writers use allusion

Why would writers use allusion?

  • To display knowledge or cleverness

  • Add historical depth to a piece of literature

  • ??? (what do you think?)


Five major types of allusion

Five Major Types of Allusion

  • Mythological

  • Biblical

  • Literary

  • Historical

  • Pop Cultural


Mythological allusion

Mythological Allusion

  • References/cites Greek or Roman mythology

  • Most often references Zeus, Hercules, his family members, etc

  • Example:

    “Achilles Last Stand” – Led Zeppelin


Biblical allusion

Biblical Allusion

  • References scenes, themes, verses, or people from the Bible (Old and New Testament)

    Example:

    We're just three MCs and we're on the goShadrach, Mesach, Abednego

    “Shadrach” – Beastie Boys


Biblical allusion continued

Biblical Allusion Continued

Example:

Though I walk through the valley of deathI shed so many tearsIf I should die before I wakePlease God walk with meGrab a nigga and take me to Heaven

“So Many Tears” – Tupac


Historical allusion

Historical Allusion

  • Refers to major historical events or figures

    Example:

    “The Battle of San Romano” - Uccello


Literary allusions

Literary Allusions

  • References authors, their characters, situations from books, etc

    Example:

    “I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye. Yes, it was this.”

    “Ol’ Evil Eye” – Insane Clown Posse


Literary allusions continued

Literary Allusions continued

  • “Someday I’ll have a disappearing hairline.Someday I’ll wear pajamas in the daytime.Oh, afternoons will be measured out –Measured out, measured with –Coffeespoons and T. S. Eliot.”

    “Afternoons and Coffeespoons” – Crash Test Dummies


Pop cultural allusion

Pop Cultural Allusion

  • References famous people who have existed in pop culture

  • Includes sampling other people’s music, works, etc


Pop cultural allusions

Pop Cultural Allusions

“Life of the party

And she swears that she’s artsy

But you could distinguish

Miles from Coltraine”

“Comfortable” – John Mayer


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  • What type of allusion?


Allusion in songs

Allusion in songs

  • “That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles, and my Daddy said, ‘Stay away from Juliet’…” (Taylor Swift)

  • What type of allusion?


Allusion in songs1

Allusion in songs…

  • I’ve heard there was a secret chord

    That David played and it pleased the Lord

    But you don’t really care for music, do you?

  • What type of allusion?


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  • Dear mama don't cry, Your baby boy's doin' goodTell the homies I'm in heaven and it ain't got hoodsSeen a show with Marvin Gaye last nightIt had me shook Drinking peppermint schnapps with Jackie Wilson and Sam CookThen some lady named Billie Holiday sangSittin there kickin it with Malcolm till the day game

  • What type of allusion?


Allusion1

ALLUSION?

“I met this girl, when I was ten years oldAnd what I loved most she had so much soul”

“I Used to Love Her” – Common (1994)

“I met this girl when I was 3 years oldAnd what I loved most she had so much soul”

“Homecoming” – Kanye West (2008)


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