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Transcript of Imagery
Imagery uses words to trigger the imagination by invoking the senses
Types of Imagery
pertains to 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
pertains to 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
pertains to physical textures or
the sense of touch.
pertains to odors,
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)