Allusion (ə-ˈlü-zhən): A reference/representation of/to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art . . . “a brief reference, explicit or indirect, to a person, place or event, or to another literary work or passage”. It is left to the reader or hearer to make the connection . . . ; an overt allusion is a misnomer for what is simply a reference.
It was raining like crazy. Lightening. Thunder. Trees uprooted. Branches snapping. Fire! Sirens! Mobile homes flying by! Now I know what “gone with the wind” really means!* Catastrophe.
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1. Phonetic transcription courtesy of Miriam-Webster’s On-Line Dictionary: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allusion <3/6/08>.
2. Definition courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allusion <3/6/08>.
*Allusion to movie “Gone with the Wind.”