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Transcript of Imagery
Imagery uses words to trigger the imagination by invoking the senses
Types of Imagery
graphics, visual scenes, pictures, or the sense of sight
"My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red that her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then
her breasts are dun;
If hair be wires, black wires
grow on her head."(1-4)
Words associated with visual imagery
sounds, noises, music, or the sense of hearing. (This kind of imagery may come in the form of onomatopoeia.)
Words associated with sound
musty, sweet, pungent,
Words associated with touch
smooth, frozen, slippery, crumbly, rough
the sense of
physical textures or the sense of touch
the sense of smell
"Sonnet 130" by William Shakespeare
"Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall
"And drawn white gloves on her small brown hands," (19)
"Her eyes grew wet and wild." (26)
"What's That Smell
in the Kitchen?"
by Marge Piercy
"Look, she says, once I was
on your platter with parsley
but now I am Spam."
Words associated with smell
"He plunges at me, guttering,
choking, drowning." (16)
"If you could hear, at every jolt,
Come gargling from the froth-
corrupted lungs," (21,22)
"Dulce et Decorum est"
by Wilfred owen
Literature: A Pocket
New York: Penguin.
"Ballad of Birmingham"
by Dudley Randall
"And bathed rose petal sweet," (18)
by Langston Hughes
You'll hear their feet
Beating out and beating out a-" (5-7)
"God, a Poem" by James Fenton
"The limpest of shakes from a hand which
You'd thought would be firm as a rock," (3,4)
"God, a Poem"
by James Fenton
"A nasty suprise
in a sandwich," (1)
Which type of imagery is being used?
The old man took the handful of dust, and sifted it through his fingers.
The fragrance of spring flowers made her joyful.
The stone fell with a splash in the lake.
The chirping of birds heralded spring.
The burger, aromatic with spices, made his mouth water in anticipation of the first bite.
The silence in the room was unnerving.
The blind man touched the tree to learn if its skin was smooth or rough.
There lay refuse heaps on their path that were so smelly that it maddened them.
The starry night sky looked so beautiful that it begged him to linger, but he reluctantly left for home.
The beacons of moonlight bathed the room in ethereal light.
The familiar tang of his grandmother's cranberry sauce reminded him of his youth.