Allusion Within The Works

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Allusion within the Works Allusion is a common literary device employed by many writers across all the literary periods. In particular, during the Victorian period, Alfred Lord Tennyson's, "The Lady of Shalott" and Robert Browning's, "Andrea del Sarto" and "My Last Duchess", employ the literary device "˜allusion' within their poems. Allusion is a poetic device used in order to clarify or enhance upon a topic. Often in most works, however, the allusion is only viewed indistinctively and is never thoroughly analyzed. A complete analysis of allusions will be employed throughout their works. The literary device, allusion, will be analyzed in a manner such that it will firstly, illustrate its function within the poem and secondly the allusion's meaning and purpose in the poem. In each of the three poems there is a similar theme for the struggle of love in which allusion aids in augmenting this struggle for love and how each character is blind to see the truth of true love.

Alfred Tennyson composes "The Lady of Shalott" in the form of a narrative poem "“ in which "there is tension between the artist's desire for aesthetic withdrawal and the recognition of the need for responsible commitment to society". The purpose of this literary work is to demonstrate how the use of an allusion is crucial in the expression of the poem's complete meaning. Tennyson uses allusions to refer to current events of his time so that his society can relate to the poem in a more efficacious manner. The poem is given a deeper and complex meaning through its use allusions.

Tennyson incorporates various uses of historical and mythical events and places. The setting of "Camelot" is a fantasyland of dreams and excitement. Camelot is one of the locations where many of the Arthurian legends...