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Allusion

Type:  

Poetic Device

 
Description: 

An indirect reference to some cultural tidbit, such as a Greek god or cultural event.

 
Impressions: 

This can be a most dangerous device. While overuse of alliteration or forced rhymes might make a reader cringe, too many or too obscure allusions can make the reader stop reading. A poet should think very carefully about audience while planning allusions.

 
Status: 

Complete

 

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