Imagery

Definition:
In literature, one of the strongest devices is imagery wherein the author uses words and phrases to create “mental images” for the reader. Imagery helps the reader to visualize more realistically the author’s writings. The usage of metaphors, allusions, descriptive words and similes amongst other literary forms in order to “tickle” and awaken the readers’ sensory perceptions is referred to as imagery. Imagery is not limited to only visual sensations, but also refers to igniting kinesthetic, olfactory, tactile, gustatory, thermal and auditory sensations as well.

Example:
The gushing brook stole its way down the lush green mountains, dotted with tiny flowers in a riot of colors and trees coming alive with gaily chirping birds.

27 thoughts on “Imagery”

  1. An amazing novel with accurately utilises imagery to its full potential is The Lord of the Rings. Its use of descriptive text allows the reader to truly imagine the scenarios that the protagonists face.

    1. I don’t think it is a imagery. it can’t bring me into a fascinating world or a scene that can give me a strong sense. it’s just a description of a world and there is no scene or image in this sentence. I can’t explain well because I’m not a native speaker. if there are some faults, please tell me that I can revise myself. thanks.

  2. As Lucy drifted across the spacious meadows sniffing the beautiful aroma of each multicoloured petals planted in rows. She admired the view of the magnificent flowers that swayed with the breeze, as she perched down onto the fresh green grass.

  3. Is this imagery and personification ??

    The green mountains with a colour pop on each inch of their back and the diamond blue stream rushed down the front of their faces looking like hair blowing in the wind

    1. Personification requires you to give human traits to inanimate things. You could say “looking like hair dancing in the wind.”

  4. Is this Imagery?
    “It’s not like you can go out to the rez and say, “hey, who’s the frybread queen around here?” All of the women would probably laugh at you if you did ask for the “queen,” but seriously, all of them would want to tell you that you’re looking at her. It’s the recognition that all Indian women want….

    1. No. Imagery is basically good description that paints a mental image in the readers head. Your quoted text doesn’t contain any description. Hope this helps.

          1. Actually, that’s incorrect. It would officially be pronounced, ‘No, brother’.
            Yours and truly,
            ya bro

  5. “The flower garden is prim, the house a gleaming white, and the pale fence across the yard stands straight and spruce.”
    -The Scarlet Ibis, James Hurst

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