An Analysis of Denotation and Connotation in Chairil Anwar’s Poem

  • Daumi Rahmatika Zuhdah UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim, Malang, Indonesia
  • Shinta Nuriya Alfain UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim, Malang, Indonesia


This study primarily investigates denotative and connotative meaning in words. Both of denotation and connotation are helpful for readers of poetry to find the interpretations and implied meaning. This analysis focuses on meaning of words that was taken randomly from a poem. The data is analyzed descriptively using Griffith’s concept about three stages of interpretation, there are literal meaning, explicature and implicature. The result shows that a word not only has denotation, but also negative and positive connotation. Both of negative and positive connotations are possible that refer to an expression or a word. The major finding of the study is every word has one connotative meaning either negative or positive.


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Daumi Rahmatika Zuhdah, UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim, Malang, Indonesia

Staff of Doctor Linguistics Postgraduate Udayana University


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ZUHDAH, Daumi Rahmatika; ALFAIN, Shinta Nuriya. An Analysis of Denotation and Connotation in Chairil Anwar’s Poem. e-Journal of Linguistics, [S.l.], v. 14, n. 1, p. 103-112, jan. 2020. ISSN 2442-7586. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 04 mar. 2024. doi: