Illusion vs. Allusion

An illusion . . .  is something that deceives the mind or senses by creating a false impression of reality. Illusions are often (though not always) related to visual perception, as in optical illusion. A mirage, such as the phenomenon of perceiving a sea of water in a desert, is a type of illusion. (

This is an illusion:

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(from Literary Devices)


You will find an excellent list of literary allusions here.

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One of my favorite allusions is in Shakespeare, the Motley Fool, alluding to Chaucer’s Chanticleer.

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(Spark Notes)


You can find As You Like It here.


Today’s Assignment:

1. Draw one illusion.

2. Write one allusion.


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