objective correlative


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objective correlative

n.
A situation or a sequence of events or objects that evokes a particular emotion in a reader or audience.

objec′tive correl′ative


n.
a situation or chain of events in a literary work that objectifies a particular emotion in such a way as to evoke that emotion in the reader.
[1919; term introduced by T.S. Eliot]
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Further, Joshi, in his article, addresses the problem of poetic creation in special reference to Eliot's "objective correlative" (vibhava) and his difficulty with Hamlet.
Aquino, for instance, makes much of the blind stepfather of Josephine Bracken, Taufer, who in the inordinate dark must have been unconsciously groping for the muse, the writer using as objective correlative or outright peg of his metacritique a poem by Wilfredo Sanchez based on Rizal and Josephine, "Love in Talisay.
But soon I realised that the statue was perhaps in the fitness of things -- an objective correlative for a stark reminder and a word of caution for the ills of mindless materialism and a consumerist culture that can only strengthen the hands of an imperialist and neo-colonialist clan.
This looks like an irate poetic fantasy rather than a real-life event; but the scene must have had some kind of objective correlative (the text purportedly dates to 593 BCE).
That a plastic gun may be the wrong objective correlative for the arguments Wilson makes about liberation is the wizard at the center of the book, the secret that must be kept behind the curtain.
It is the same objective correlative that he chose to demonstrate the chaotic society in Missing, in which he used Ahmed Adaweyya's song "Crowd".
Heidegger at least served us as a catalyst for the exchange of the much prized Streicheleinheiten, as an 'objective correlative' for many an intellectual excursus.
Media icons trigger just one more version of the "typical trajectory of Ballard's hero, who tends towards physical and/or psychical annihilation as the actualization of a private vision" (97), to which he provides a formal objective correlative in the "condensed-novel" technique, which "mirrors the fragmentary, meaninglessness condition of contemporary life" (98).
Namely, Hoover has a special talent for the objective correlative. Page after page offers perfectly selected details, details that both bring the time to life and reveal the interior world of Hoover's cast.
"I'm not lying or exaggerating when I say it was fun." Similar sentiments appear, just as fleetingly, in Jason Hall's screenplay, which uses The Butcher as the objective correlative of Kyle's printed words: "Savage, despicable evil.
A: On one level, Whitman's "barbaric yawp" evokes the emotional and Eliot's "objective correlative" the intellectual.
Eliot's Objective Correlative Tradition or Individual Talent: Contributions to the History of a Topos.