Connotation

1. Definition:


A. The contrast of a word or phrase with its primary, literal meaning (known as a denotation), with what that word or phrase specifically denotes. The connotation essentially relates to how anything may be associated with a word or phrase, for example, an implied value judgment or feelings.
B.A meaning that is suggested or implied, as opposed to a denotation, or literal definition. A characteristic of words or phrases, or of the contexts that words and phrases are used in.

2. Examples:

A.The word "feminist" has different connotations for different people, for example. For the baby boomer generation, this word may only have positive connotations. Many young women today, however, avoid using the term to describe themselves.

B.
Neutral
Positive
Negative
island
vacation
shipwrecked
smell
scent
odor
teenager
young citizen
delinquent
house
home
dump
C. Happiness:
The denotation would be something along the lines of "A feeling of luck, good spirit." The denotation would be the dictionary definition of hapiness. The connotation could be something like puppy, marriage, flowers, confetti, bright colors, rainbows, smiles. These would be words that would come into my head when I thought of happiness.

In Literature:

Poe uses connotation in the sense that he uses ceratain words to appeal to a certain emotion and/or audience.

"And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain"
(The Raven)





Citation:


"Connotation." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 4 Apr 2007, 19:33 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 5 Apr 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Connotation&oldid=120304422>.

Wiehardt, Ginny . "Connotation". Fiction Writting. 03 Apr 2007 <http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/glossary/g/connotation.htm>.

Smith, Vivion . "English Works." What is Poetry?. 21 June 2001. Gallaudet University. 5 Apr 2007 <http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/literature/poetry.html#connotation>.

Behme , H. . "Edgar Allan Poe." The Raven. 27 Sept. 2004. 5 Apr 2007 <http://www.heise.de/ix/raven/Literature/Lore/TheRaven.html>.