Beyond Denotations

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While denotations are dictionary definitions, and may not change for a long time, connotations are ever-changing and gain new meanings as time passes. For example, in a post 9-11 world the word airplane has significantly different connotations than it used to. What had before suggested travel and peanuts now also brings to mind a tragic event...
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The main difference between denotations and connotations is that the former is defined by the context of the poem (although multiple denotative meanings may be used for a single word), and the latter can bring context into the poem. One word that has particularly significant connotative meanings is the word lamb...
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