Imagery is the use of vivid description, usually rich in sensory words, to createpictures, or images, in the reader’s mind. Imagery, in a literary text occurs when an author uses an object that is not reallythere, in order to create a comparison between one that is, usually evoking a moremeaningful visual experience for the reader. Imagery may also be defined as the representation through language of senseexperience.
1. To identify imagery in poetry2. To write poetry using quality imagery3. To provide an opportunity for students towrite creatively4. To work on prediction and guessing skills
Poetry indirectly appeals to our senses through imagery. Creating poetry requiresthe use of imagery, think of some imagery words to describe some part of nature: asea, a brook, clouds, a tree, a river, an animal, a mountain, etc. We speak of the pictures evoked in a poem as “imagery”. Imagery refers to the“pictures” which we perceive with our mind’s eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin, andthrough which we experience the “duplicate world” created by poetic language.Although most of the image-making words in any language appeal to sight (visualimages), there are also images of touch (tactile), sound (auditory), taste(gustatory), and smell (olfactory).A good poet does not use imagery merely to decorate a poem. He askshimself, “How can I make my subject appear to the reader exactly as it appears tome?”. Imagery helps him solve this problem, for it enables him to present his subjectas it is: as it looks, smells, tastes, feels and sounds. To the reader, imagery is equallyimportant: it provides his imagination with something palpable to seize upon.
Different types of imagery correspond to different senses. Essentially,there are five types of imagery, each corresponding to one of oursenses: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory and gustatory.These are the main five types of imagery. Engage as many senses asyou can when you are doing visualization or guided imagery. Olfactory imagery stimulates the sense of smell. Tactile imagery stimulates the sense of touch. Visual imagery stimulates the sense of sight. Auditory imagery stimulates the sense of hearing. Gustatory imagery stimulates the sense of taste. Kinesthetic is imagery that recreates a feeling of physical action ornatural bodily function (like a pulse, a heartbeat, or breathing). Organic imagery – internal sensation: hunger, thirst, fatigue, fear.
Visual Auditory Kinesthetic Olfactory Gustatorypicture scream feel pungent sweet flash shout warm fragrant sourbright listen grasp sweet salty sharp tone sharp dank bitter clear whisper peaceful rich aroma fresh see ring cold stinky juicy light utter rugged musty bland dark nasal joyful rotten burnt large squeal fuzzy odor zesty blue quiet hard essence tangy
Imagery allows the writer to show what he means instead of just telling someone.When you write a poem or text, remember: Show! Don’t tell!I took a walk around the world toEase my troubled mindI left my body laying somewhereIn the sands of timeI watched the world float to the darkSide of the moonI feel there is nothing I can do--"Kryptonite" by Three Doors Down From the family tree of old school hip hop Kick off your shoes and relax your socks The rhymes will spread just like a pox Cause the music is live like an electric shock --Beastie Boys "Intergalactic" From Hello Nasty