The Language of Literature and Beyond
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Monday, February 27, 2017
Month 7 Week 1
Allusion Examples in Shakespeare and Other Literature
Note: You can basically find allusion on every page of Shakespeare. I dare you. Open up a Shakespeare book, point to a random page, and see if you can find the allusion.
Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Toward Phoebus’ lodging. Such a wagoner As Phaeton would whip you to the west
And bring in cloudy night immediately. – Romeo and Juliet
Allusion Examples in Rap
I’m full strength like a Cyclops‘s eye drops,
I got support like high-tops. – Ugly Duckling, Left Behind.
“The side lines is lined with casualties
Who sip the life casually, then gradually become worse Don’t bite the apple, Eve” -Jay-Z
“Now who’s the boss? Not Tony Danza.” -Malik B of the Roots
“Coming from the deep black like the Loch Ness,
now bring apocalypse like the Heart of Darkness.” – Talib Kweli
“My rep grows like the nose of Pinocchio,
Just because I’ve mastered the art of braggadocio.” -Akrobatik
“This is the point of no return and nobody can stop it Malcolm Little when he knelt before Elijah Muhammad The comet that killed the dinosaurs, changing the earth” –Immortal Technique
“Tonedeff’s slays giants,
as if my legal name’s David.” -Tonedeff
“But now we’re facing more poverty,
It’s the most we’ve seen since 1993.
We need to turn this thing around: Michael Vick,
But a recession could be headed for a double dip.”
Allusions aren’t just in the realm of words; they can also exist in images. This mural by Diego Rivera makes numerous allusions to the conquistadors’ arrival in Latin America, and the pain that followed. How many allusions can you spot?