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Imagery

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Lois Chu

on 11 February 2014

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Transcript of Imagery

Definition
Example
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
Example
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

Importance
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
Where
Used in many types of writing such as poetry, novels, and ads
When
A need to induce emotions
How
Through figurative speaking and connotations
Why
Enrich sensory understanding
Engage reader
Example
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
"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
Family Guy
ACTIVITY TIME
Discussion Question
What are some examples for connotations vs. denotations?
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