T.S. Eliot’s Use of the Objective Correlative

A Scott In The Dark

T.S. Eliot was once quoted saying, “It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.” Those deep emotions and sensory experiences inside of a poem were what Eliot held most dear to him. Eliot was a man completely enamored and fascinated with emotions and how he could accurately portray them to his readers. To do so, Eliot often turned to the idea of the objective correlative, which to him was less static and more dynamic than any other literary device. The objective correlative was described by Eliot himself as a sort of inanimate or animal-like object that could help reveal the internal state of a character in a piece of literature. In several of his works, Eliot explored this theory of the objective correlative, specifically after 1917. From his dramatic monologues to…

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