objective correlative


Definition of objective correlative

: something (such as a situation or chain of events) that symbolizes or objectifies a particular emotion and that may be used in creative writing to evoke a desired emotional response in the reader

Examples of objective correlative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Saturday’s march is the objective correlative of that. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "Expect wall-to-wall coverage of March for Our Lives, Stoneman Douglas student protesters," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of objective correlative

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for objective correlative

Note: As a literary term introduced by T. S eliot in the essay "Hamlet and His Problems," The Athenaeum, no. 4665, September 26, 1919, p. 941. In a more general philosophical sense the phrase was used by Washington allston in a posthumously published "Lecture on Art" (Lectures on Art, and Poems, New York, 1850, p. 16).

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“Objective correlative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objective%20correlative. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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