In poetry, what is an indirect reference to something called?

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christinem 2 Rep.

What is an indirect reference to something called?

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English Tutor 2.76K Rep.

Yes it is called allusion, which is an act of making implied or indirect reference to something such as historical event, a popular literary quotation, idea or personage. Poets sometimes use allusion by means of symbols or imagery.

For instance, often the poetry of T.S Eliot is considered as allusive, because he usually refers to places, names and images that could only make sense by highlighting the prior knowledge.

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