When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.
Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology
D.H. Lawrence (Scene Three, dialogue line 16)
Shakespeare: Tom’s nickname is Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (Scene Seven, dialogue 296)
e.e. cummings: "somewhere i have never traveled" (epigraph), "The Hours Rise Up Putting Off Stars And It Is" (Scene Six, stage directions)