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Stylistic Devices – Allusion

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indirect reference to a person, event or piece of literature

Allusion is used to explain or clarify a complex problem. Note that allusion works best if you keep it short and refer to something the reader / audience is familiar with, e.g.:

If the audience is familiar with the event or person, they will also know background and context. Thus, just a few words are enough to create a certain picture (or scene) in the readers minds. The advantages are as follows:

Examples:

Many allusions on historic events, mythology or the bible have become famous idioms.

Examples:

Changed: 05th Mar 2014 13:06

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