Does the sonnet "Divers Doth Use" by Sir Thomas Wyatt have any connotations?

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Let us determine what a connotation is first. When you define a word, you can define it in one of two ways. The two ways are denotation , and connotation. The denotation is the dictionary definition of the word, whatever Webster says. The connotation is the cultural or emotional definition...

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Let us determine what a connotation is first. When you define a word, you can define it in one of two ways. The two ways are denotation, and connotation. The denotation is the dictionary definition of the word, whatever Webster says. The connotation is the cultural or emotional definition of the word. In essence, the connotation of a word is what it makes you feel and what it is associated with. The first step in identifying connotation is to first determine if a word is positive or negative. These value judgments aren't found in the dictionary and thus represent some of the connotations.



Nearly every word has detonations and connotations. Words in the poem like "mourn and wail"(3) have negative emotions or connotation associated with them.



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