Connotation


Definition of Connotation:
The set of ideas or emotional associations a word suggests.



Example of connotation #1:

From:

And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.

Explanation:
This poem exemplifies connotation in the way "the wall" suggests a distance between the narrator and the other person.  Connotation implies meaning beyond the literal definition of a word.


Example of connotation #2:

From:

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics - each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;

Explanation:
Connotation in this poem exists in the implied meaning of the word "singing".  The subjects of the poem may be actually singing, but connotation suggests that Americans are a joyful, spirited people.






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See also:    Denotation