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Transcript of Imagery
How beautiful a London street is then, with its islands of light, and its long
groves of darkness, and on one side of it perhaps some tree-sprinkled,
grass-grown space where night is folding herself to sleep naturally and, as
one passes the iron railing, one hears those little cracklings and stirrings of
leaf and twig which seem to suppose the silence of fields all around them,
an owl hooting, and far away the rattle of a train in the valley.
- Street Haunting: A London Adventure, by Virginia Wolf
His father would sweep him into his arms and Jacky would be
propelled deliriously upward, so fast it seemed he could feel air
pressure settling against his skull like a cap made out of lead… and
there had been nights where his father in his drunkenness had not
stopped the upward lift of his slab-muscled arms soon enough and
Jack had gone right over his father’s flat-topped head like a human
projectile to crash-land on the hall floor behind his dad.
- The Shining, By Stephen King
Imagery creates a vivid image by playing in the senses, painting a picture with words. In poetry and written work, it is important to display the feelings as well as conveying the message and this is mostly done through imagery.
Device Is Used...
Effect/Impact on Reader
Appeals to senses
Allows a vividly painted picture in a reader's mind
Shows the reader what one is trying to say rather than tells
Used in many types of writing such as poetry, novels, and ads
A need to induce emotions
Through figurative speaking and connotations
Enrich sensory understanding
The poem Death by William Yeats
Nor dead nor hope attend
a dying animal;
a man awaits his end
Dreading and hoping all;
Many times he died.
many times he rose again.
A great man in his pride
Confronting murderous men
Casts derision upon Supersession of breath;
He knows death to the bone
Man has created death.
"Imagery does not occur on the writer's page,
it occurs in the reader's mind."
- Stephen King
Using figurative, expressions and vivid language to appeal to the senses
What are some examples for connotations vs. denotations?