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Transcript of Imagery
Leon Barham Imagery The author uses imagery for the reader to visualize a scene and better understand the writing. It also adds depth to the author's writing and helps him create theme and tone. Uses and Effects Imagery Definition: Imagery is defined as a figurative description or illustration, appealing to the five traditional senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste; rhetorical images collectively. Example #1:
Henry David Thoreau
Night and Moonlight The sweet fern and indigo in overgrown wood -paths wet you with dew up to your middle. The leaves of the shrub-oak are shining as if a liquid were flowing over them. The pool seen through the trees are as full of light as the sky By appealing to the senses of sight and touch, the author is able to create an image that the reader can visualize in their head. It also helps create a tone of admiration and mystery towards nature's complexity during moonlight. Explanation and Analysis Example #2
On Being a Cripple My shoulders droop and my pelvis thrust forward as I try to balance myself upright, throwing my frame into a bony S. Mairs appeals to the reader's sense of sight by describing how she would thrust forward and twist her body when walking. She also appeals to the sense of touch by creating a feeling that the reader can identify with when saying how her shoulders droop. Analysis Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Snow-Storm Example #3 The author appeals to the reader's sense of sound by describing the thunderous sounds that come before a snowstorm as the sounds of trumpets. Then the author appeals to the sense of sight by describing that the snow is driving over the field, creating a visual image in the reader's head of snow falling onto the field. Analysis Works Cited Works Cited
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, RWE. Nature and Other Essays. New York City: Dover Publications, 2009. Print.
Mairs, Nancy, NM. Carnal Acts: Essays. New York City: Harper Collins, 1996. Print.
Thoreau, Henry David, HDT. “Night and Moonlight.” Henry David Thoreau online. Gregory, 2007. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. <http://www.thoreau-online.org>.