Poverty Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Poverty


  1. Aglaus poorest man in Arcadia, but happier than king. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 13]
  2. Appalachia West Virginia coal mining region known for its abysmal poverty. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 160]
  3. Apple Annie apple seller on street corners during Depression. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 11]
  4. bare feet symbol of impoverishment. [Folklore: Jobes, 181]
  5. Barnardo Home one of many homes founded for destitute children. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 233]
  6. Bashmachkin, Akakii Akakiievich poor clerk saves years for overcoat that is soon stolen. [Russ. Lit.: “The Overcoat” in The Overcoat and Other Stories]
  7. Bonhomme, Jacques nickname for poor French peasants. [Fr. Folklore: Walsh Classical, 59]
  8. Booth, Captain continually in and out of debtor’s prison. [Br. Lit.: Amelia]
  9. Buddha religious leader exchanges wealth for the robe of an ascetic mendicant. [Buddhism: NCE, 387]
  10. Bung experiences modified and extreme levels of want. [Br. Lit.: Sketches by Boz]
  11. Clare of Assisi, St. lived entirely on alms; founded “Poor Glares.” [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 87]
  12. Cratchit, Bob Scrooge’s poorly paid clerk. [Br. Lit.: A Christmas Carol]
  13. Crawley, Rev. Josiah debt-maddened clergyman. [Br. Lit.: Last Chronicle of Barset]
  14. Francis, St. (1182–1226) renounced his worldly life and possessions, extolled the virtue of poverty. [Christian Hagiog.: Brewer Dictionary, 375]
  15. Grapes of Wrath, The about the Joad family; jobless, facing starvation. [Am. Lit.: The Grapes of Wrath]
  16. Great Depression economic crisis of 1929–1939, unprecedented in length and widespread poverty. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1132]
  17. Grub Street London street; home of indigent writers. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 394]
  18. Hell’s Kitchen section of midtown Manhattan; notorious for slums and high crime rate. [Am. Usage: Misc.]
  19. Hooverville Depression shantytown arising during Hoover administration. [Amer. Hist.: Flexner, 118]
  20. Hubbard, Old Mother had not even a bone for her dog. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 317]
  21. Job lost everything he owned to Satan. [O.T.: Job]
  22. Job’s turkey one-feathered bird even more destitute than its owner. [Can. and Am. Usage: Brewer Dictionary, 589]
  23. Lazarus satisfied with table scraps; dogs licked sores. [N.T.: Luke 16:19–22]
  24. Micawber, Wilkins optimistic, though chronically penniless and in debt. [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield]
  25. Okies itinerant dust bowl farmers (1930s). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 455; Am. Lit.: The Grapes of Wrath]
  26. War on Poverty U.S. government program of 1960’s to aid the needy. [Am. Hist.: WB, J:120]
  27. Yellow Kid, the grotesque unchildish slum-child, one of the impoverished inhabitants of Hogan’s Alley. [Comics: Berger, 25]