What types of texts do authorsreference? ones that will be understood by his or her audience. commonly used: events, books, myths, places, or works of art. You can also make allusions to pop culture items.
Why do people make allusions? to help people see unique connections between two ideas. to help the audience better understand a subject. to be surprising and funny. to sound smart.
Activity: Allusions by Rap Artists Can you identify what is being alluded to in these examples?
“My rep grows like the nose of Pinocchio, Just because I‟ve mastered the art of braggadocio.” – Akrobatikis an allusion to… Pinocchio
“I‟m full strength like a Cyclops„s eye drops, I got support like high-tops.” - Ugly Duckling, Left Behind.is an allusion to… Homer‟s The Odyssey
“The side lines is lined with casualties Who sip the life casually, then gradually become worse Don‟t bite the apple, Eve” -Jay-Zis an allusion to… The Bible, more specifically: the book of Genesis
“Now who‟s the boss? Not Tony Danza.” -Malik B of the Rootsis an allusion to… The TV show, Who’s the Boss?
“Tonedeff‟s slays giants, as if my legal name‟s David.” –Tonedeffis an allusion to… The story of David and Goliath (from the Bible)
How do authors play withwords? use words have more than one meaning “Imreading a book about anti-gravity. Its impossible to put down.” an intentional mix-up of similar-sounding words “wave the sails” instead of “save the whales” swapping letters “tease my ears” instead of “ease my tears” oxymorons jumbo shrimp