Connotation vs. Denotation
The difference between a connotation and a denotation is that a connotation describes what the denotation portrays. A denotation sums up the literal meaning of a word, explaining what it is, whereas the connotation would suggest what is meant by that word. For example, the denotation of a snake would be ‘any of numerous scaly, legless, sometimes venomous reptiles, having a long, tapering, cylindrical body and found in most tropical and temperate regions’ while the connotation would be what the animal portrays– ‘evil or danger’. The connotation is words that are suggested to be connected or related to the denotation.
W. B. Yeats. (1998). Denotation and Connotation . Available: http://www.eng.fju.edu.tw/English_Literature/terms/denotation.htm. Last accessed 23rd September 2013.
Image 1 (top left) – tired/exhausted
Image 2 (top middle) – distracting yourself from thinking about uni
Image 3 (top right) – excited and really happy
Image 4 (bottom left) – lost, confused, mixed emotions
Image 5 (bottom right) – really sad and emotional, don’t want to leave behind anyone or anything