Busy day: Allusions and Stanza Length!

Note:  I have moved the Quack Words to next week…we’re just too busy on this shortened week to fit them in!  (You’re welcome)

Simile –Comparison using like or as.  “He’s as strong as an ox.”  (This should be review so we won’t spend a lot of class time on it today)

AllusionFigure of speech that refers to a place, event, literary work, myth, famous person, or work of art, either directly or by implication.

Example, Labels want my name beside the X like Malcom.    –Drake

Biblical Allusion –refers to something from the Bible.

“He was a Good Samaritan yesterday when he helped the lady start her car.”   Or…

As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I take a look at my life and realize there’s none left.”   –Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise referring to Psalm 23.

Mythical Allusion—Anything referring to mythology.

“Chocolate was her Achilles’ heel.”

Or “She looked like a Cyclops!”


Literary Allusion—Refers to something from literature.

“You shoot arrows like Katniss!”  (Katniss was the protagonist from The Hunger Games)

Shakespearean Allusion—Alludes to a work by Shakespeare.  Ex.  He was quite the Romeo when it came to romance.

Here’s a popular song from 1989 by Billie Joel that’s made up of almost all allusions!

Couplet2 lines of end rhyme

To my pal I need to send

A letter saying this is the end.

Quatrain—4 line stanza

Here we are another day,

The wind is getting colder,

I know the winter is following me,

And tapping on my shoulder.


Quiz tomorrow!  On the quiz you’ll need to write your own example of alliteration!


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