objective correlativeobjective correlative
a sequence of events, cluster of images, setting, etc. employed in a literary work to express a certain emotion and evoke it in the reader or viewer
Origin of objective correlativeterm coined (1919) by T. S. Eliot
A situation or a sequence of events or objects that evokes a particular emotion in a reader or audience.
(plural objective correlatives)
- A physical representation or manifestation of an abstract concept; especially, a symbolic artistic representation of a particular emotion, feeling etc.