Considering Allusion Mrs. Michel’s English I Class
What is an ALLUSION? • An ALLUSION is a reference to a statement, a person, a place, or an event from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, science, or pop culture.
An allusion to cartoons? “Midnight: The Coyote Down in the Mouth” By Tim Seibles
“I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father, Jor-el, to save the Planet Earth.”(Senator Barack Obama, speech at a fund-raiser for Catholic charities, October 16, 2008) There are two things to which then-Senator Barack Obama was alluding in this statement. What are those two things?
A Note About Comic Book Allusions: "Comic books have become reference points in the most popular and the most esoteric fiction and art. Everyone understands a Superman allusion or a Batman joke."(Gerard Jones, Men of Tomorrow, Basic Books, 2005)
Start with the underwear. Sit him down.Hopping on one leg may stir unpleasant memories.If he gets his tights on, even backwards, praise him.Fingers, formerly webbed, struggle over buttons.Arms and legs, lengthened out of proportion, wait,as you do, for the rest of him to catch up.This body, so recently reformed, reclaimed,still carries the marks of its time as a frog. Be gentle.Avoid the words awkward and gawky.Do not use tadpole as a term of endearment.His body, like his clothing, may seem one size too big.Relax. There's time enough for crowns. He'll grow into it. An allusion to a children’s story? “How to Change a Frog into a Prince” By Anna Denise
Name that ALLUSION: • Christy didn’t like to spend her money. She was a definite Scrooge. • You’ll see me crusin’ down the court with Lebron. • Don’t let that Judas in here. I will not share my dinner table with that man! • She’s beautiful… the true Helen of Troy (of Mauldin High School). • Watch out! Helen Keller can drive better than you! Name whether each of the examples is from: • Literature • History • Politics • Religion • Mythology • Popular culture • Sports • Science
Embracing Your Roots with Allusion: Nina Simone’s “Four Women” TalibKweli’s “For Women”
TalibKweli’s “For Women” • What do the different titles mean, “Four Women” and “For Women”? How do they each fit their song? • Explain how Kweli brings each of the women of Simone’s song into his own song. Name specifically how Kweli changes/keeps the same/adds to each woman: Aunt Sarah, Saffronia, Sweet Thing, and Peaches. (This will probably be a big response.) • Have things changed (especially relating to race) over time? How or how not? Why or why not? • Which song do you prefer and why?
Create your own allusions: Use the handout to identify allusions and write an allusion poem