Allusion is a brief reference to a person,
event, or place, real or ficticious, or to a work of art. Casual
reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event.
An allusion may be drawn from history, geography, literature, or religion.
Stephen Vincent Benet's story "By the Waters of Babylon" contains a direct reference to Psalm 137 in the Bible.
Bible Literacy Project resource for locating Biblical allusions.
Allusions - Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary
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