Allusion is a brief reference to a person, event, or place, real or ficticious, or to a work of art. Casual reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event. An allusion may be drawn from history, geography, literature, or religion.
Example: Stephen Vincent Benet's story "By the Waters of Babylon" contains a direct reference to Psalm 137 in the Bible.
An allusion is a reference, something you allude to: “Her allusion to flowers reminded me that Valentine’s Day was coming.” In that English paper, don’t write “literary illusions” when you mean "allusions.” A mirage, hallucination, or a magic trick is an illusion. (Doesn’t being fooled just make you ill? )
Billy Joel & “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
We didn't start the fire It was always burning since the world's been turning We didn't start the fire No, we didn't light it But we tried to fight it
We are going to listen to the song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel. While we listen, I would like you to write down every allusion you hear. After the song ends, we will talk about allusion and how Joel used it, and what he is referring to in the chorus (we didn’t start the fire) and in his listing of people, events and places.
In your groups, you will write a new stanza (fitting for the current generation) that uses allusion. For example:
Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, George Bush, Ross Perot
Tonya Harding, Susan Smith, Lorena Bobbit didn’t miss
Oklahoma, Waco, Bosnia, Castro
Forrest Gump, Lion King, Mr. Holland on the screen
Baseball strike, Super Bowl, Nolan Ryan is getting old
Michael Jackson and O.J., what else do I have to say?
Regan’s out, Bush’s in
Chicago Bulls win again
Desert Storm, Stormin’ Norman,
Bush’s out, global warmin’
Bill and Hillary rule the nation
Oklahoma City bomb
Susan Smith’s a bad mom
Branch Dividians, O.J.
Unibomber, gay rights
Bosnia, Baseball strikes
Kurt Cobain- suicide
Forrest Gump, Michael Crichton
Hugh Grant, Mike Tyson
Cindy Crawford, Lion King
MTV, Pauly Shore
I can’t take it anymore!
Josh and Pat
Bush, Gore, no one really knows the score
MTV, VH1, Simon says “you’re done!”
Left Behind, CSI, Sega never made a dime
Attorney Thompson, rap, games, who’ll really get the blame
Phantom Menace, Blade III, Michael Jackson in a zoo
Brittney Spears, Tom Hangs, which has more money in the bank?
Kevin, Aaron and Aaron
Birth control, Tim McVeigh, The bloody gove is no OJ’s
Clinton, Enron, Bosnia, Pokemon
Recount, blackout, when will US troops get out?
Building tension with Iran, US in Afghanistan
Virgil, Thomas and Keith
Indian children so poor, why is J-Lo a whore
Blasting aliens deception, fatalities, why does R-Kelly seem like animality?
Paris Hilton has a lot of sass, as George W acts like milk-chan dumbass
War of three rings
War on terrorism continues to sing
Enron cooks the books
Martha decorates prison nooks
Wardrobe malfunction and W’s disfunction
M. Staats & B. Katchmar
Lots of rap, rock is dead
Clinton got a lot of head
Golden Eye, Halo, Doom
Learned how to shoot up the room
Lots of trilogy’s on the screen
Terrorists got really mean.
New York lights up lots of flares
Bush’s lap dog, Tony Blair
Lots of drug busts, medical weed
Tsunami means lots of kids to feed.
School shootings, gun control
How low do we have to go?
Mortal Kombat, Doom and Quake
Liberman these games did shake
Columbine, 19 dead
Doom taught me to shoot for the head
IBM, Windows, DOS
Bill Gates is still the boss
Internet, google, plus and com
All those businesses did bomb
Jackie Chan, starred in “tux”
Grand theft auto, candy sucks
50-cent booed off the stage, malcanrow, fits of rage
Michael Jackson, Neverland, touching kids, will it never end?
Tim McVeigh, Oklahoma, bombings, world trade center
Cell phones, hard rock, ozzfest, hitchcock
Al Gore, Nader, Arnold is the governator.
Martha Stewart, Scott Peterson
Michael Jackson, Eminem
Snoop Dog, Kobe Bryant They are all going to trial
Iraq, Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden
9-11, Crude Oil, Saddam Hussien
Gas prices have gone insane
Lord of the Rings, Kill Bill,
Might as well take a sleeping pill
Conan, Jay, David Letterman they
All take control of the late night segment
Ev, Jesse and Dennis
Kerry, Bush, Michael Moore
Prelude to Iraqi war
Janet Jackson, bra malfunction
Spears, Madonna kiss injunction
Macintosh, Napster, Microsoft
Bit Torrent, Kazaa, Rip it off
Will we ever see revision?
Monster Garage, Survivor, Apprentice
Too much reality television
Trading Spaces redoes the floor
I can’t take it anymore
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