Objective Correlative by T.S. Eliot Definition and Examples

Objective Correlative

Objective Correlative is a term used by T.S Eliot in his essay ‘Hamlet and his Problems’ (1919). Eliot ascribes the alleged ‘artistic failure of the play’ Hamlet to the fact that Hamlet himself is dominated by an emotion which is inexpressible because it is in excess of the facts as they appear.

Objective Correlative meaning is – The only way of expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding an ‘objective correlative.