Words That Pack a Punch

By- Payton Miller


What is it?

A brief or indirect reference to a person, place or thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance.

Why is it used?

Allusions engage the reader and will help the reader remember the theme of the passage. Also, it will allow the author to give an example of something without having to do a lengthy description.

Allusion Examples

1- The Cunninghams are country folks, and that why the crash hit them the hardest.

2- The morning wind blows forever, the poem of creation is uninterrupted; but few are the ears that can hear it. Olympus is but the outside of the earth everywhere.

3- In the most high and palmy state of Rome, a little ere the mightiest Julius fell.

4- Your backyard is a Garden of Eden.

5- Many states have laws to protect the Good Samaritans.


What is it?

Using sensory details: the five senses (taste, touch, smell, sight, sound) to describe something.

Why is it used?

Using Imagery deepens the reader's understanding of the work and it appeals to the human senses.

Imagery Examples

1- She would lose the thread of the conversation and a tear of nostalgia would salt her palate when she saw the damp earth and the piles of mud.

2- The world looked cold. Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper.

3- The streets stank of manure, the courtyards of urine, and the stairwells stank of moldering wood and rat droppings.

4- The only other sound is the sweep of easy wind and downy flakes.

5- People stank of unwashed clothes, rotting teeth and from their bodies came the stench of rancid cheese and sour milk.