Definition: Flashback is a literary device wherein the writer/ author depicts the occurrence of specific events to the reader, which have taken place before the present time the narration is following, or events that have happened before the events that are currently being unfolded in the story.
Flashback devices that are commonly used are past narratives by characters, depictions and references of dreams and memories and a sub-device known as authorial sovereignty wherein the author directly chooses to refer to a past occurrence by bringing it up in a straightforward manner. Flashback is used to create a background to the present situation, place or person.
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into using flashbacks in writing.
You can see flashbacks used very often in movies. For example, it is common in movies for there to be a flashback that gives the viewer a look into the character's life when they were younger, or when they have done something previously. This is done to help the viewer better understand the present situation. Source
Our challenge today is to incorporate the element of flashback narrative into a poem. This could be based on real experience or entirely imaginary, but it should have a purpose in creating the emotional mood or background to the present situation depicted. As always, with prompts of this nature, I have no clear idea how this should be done in poetry, but I am looking forward to all the innovative ideas of those who choose to participate.
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