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Allusion Definition

Where a poem makes reference to another poem or text. For example, the 14th line of The Prelude by William Wordsworth 'The earth was all before me' alludes to one of the final lines of Paradise Lost by John Milton 'The world was all before them'. Paradise Lost, in turn, alludes to the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis.


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Other Allusion Definition

[n] passing reference or indirect mention

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mention, reference

Misc. Definitions

\Al*lu"sion\, n. [L. allusio, fr. alludere to allude: cf. F. allusion.]
1. A figurative or symbolical reference. [Obs.]
2. A reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint.

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