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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Objective correlative:

A term used by T. S. Eliot in the 1919 essay "Hamlet and His Problems." According to Eliot, "the only way of expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding an 'objective correlative'; in other words, a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which shall be the formula of that particular emotion."


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