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Literary DevicesDefinition and Examples of Literary Terms"Assonance"Assonance takes place when two or more words close to one another repeat the same vowel sound but start with different consonant sounds. For instance,“Men sell the wedding bells.”The same vowel sound of the short vowel “-e-” repeats itself in almost all the words excluding the definite article. The words do share the same vowel sounds but start with different consonant sounds unlike alliteration that involves repetition of the same consonant sounds. Below are a few assonance examples that are more common:Common Assonance Examples•We light fireon the mountain.•I feel depressed and restless.•Go and mow the lawn.•Johnny went here and there and everywhere.•The engineer held the steering to steer the vehicle.Examples of Assonance in LiteratureAssonance is primarily used in poetry in order to add rhythm and music, by adding an internal rhyme to a poem
Allusion DefinitionAllusion is a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance. It does not describe in detail the person or thing to which it refers. It is just a passing comment and the writer expects the reader to possess enough knowledge to spot the allusion and grasp its importance in a text. For instance, you make a literary allusion the moment you say, “I do not approve of this quixotic idea,” Quixotic means stupid and impractical derived from Cervantes’s “Don Quixote”, a story of a foolish knight and his misadventures.Allusion Examples in Everyday SpeechThe use allusions are not confined to literature alone. Their occurrence is fairly common in our daily speech. Look at some common allusion examples in everyday life:•“Don’t act like a Romeo in front of her.” – “Romeo” is a reference to Shakespeare’s Romeo, a passionate lover of Juliet, in “Romeo and Juliet”.•The rise in poverty will unlock the Pandora’s box of crimes. – This is an allusion to one of GreekMythology’s origin myth, “Pandora’s box”.•“This place is like a Garden of Eden.” – This is a biblical allusion to the “garden of God” in the Book of Genesis.•“Hey! Guess who the new Newton of our school is?” – “Newton”, means a genius student, alludes to a famous scientist Isaac Newton.•“Stop acting like my ex-husband please.” – Apart from scholarly allusions we refer to common people and places in our speech.
Examples of Allusion in LiteratureLet us analyze a few examples of the use of allusions in literature:Example #1Milton’s “Paradise Lost” gives allusions a fair share. Look at the example from Book 6 below:“All night the dread less Angel unpursu’dThrough Heav’ns wide Champain held his way, till Morn,Wak’t by the circling Hours, with rosie handUnbarr’d the gates of Light. There is a CaveWithin the Mount of God, fast by his Throne”In the above lines “dread less Angel” is a reference to “Abdiel”, a fearless angel. “Circling Hours”

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