Literary Analysis

Allusion: A figure of speech that makes brief reference to an historical or literary figure, event or object; usually indirect; relies upon a shared body of knowledge between writer and reader to evoke a resonant emotional reaction from pre-existing associations within the reader’s mind.”

I am studying poetry terms for a quiz in my Literary Analysis class tomorrow. After copying out the above definition, I wrote the following memory aid in the margin:

“Taylor Swift attempts this ineffectually when she sings, ‘You were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter.'”


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