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Taking a literature course and trying to write a literary analysis? Is your understanding of the literary terminology that has been discussed in class less than complete? Then this ten-page handout is an ideal reference. The terms are arranged in alphabetical order and several examples from a wide variety of literary works (both American and British) are given to demonstrate each concept.

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Allusion
A reference to someone or something that is known from history, literature, religion, politics or some other branch of culture. An example is Sandra Cisneros' "Straw into Gold," which is an allusion to the folktale about Rumpelstiltskin.
Example: "I have seen my head . . . brought in upon a platter" is an allusion to the execution of St. John the Baptist.
Example: "In the room women come and go, talking of Michelangelo" is an allusion the famous artist Michelangelo.
Example: "No, I am not Prince Hamlet" is an allusion to Shakespeare's play, Hamlet.

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Poem
Gwendolyn Brooks
The Bean Eaters

They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair.
Dinner is a casual affair.
Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood,
Tin flatware.

Two who are Mostly Good.
Two who have lived their day,
But keep on putting on their clothes
And putting things away.

And rememberingâ?¦.
Remembering, with twinklings and twinges,
As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that
Is full of beads and receipts and dolls and cloths,
Tobacco crumbs, vases and fringes.

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