Imagery allows a reader to imagine the events of a story within their mind through mental images. Imagery can describe how something looks, a sound, a feeling, a taste, or a smell. Imagery is especially important when the author is describing a character or a setting.
Imagery is an indispensable literal device in literary world. A lot of poems or novels use imagery to describe a vivid image. It is figurative language which is the description about five sense: touch, hear, smell, taste, and touch. It can also contain some emotion or movement. Two tales: the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the Pardoner’s Tale are both written by Geoffrey Chaucer, who is a poet in medieval society. Chaucer was inspired by his experience of pilgrimage. Two of them use a lot of imagery. However, I think the Wife of Bath’s Tale uses it in a more coherent way.
One good example of imagery in the novel “The Scarlet Letter” is in Chapter 4, where Chillingworth comes to the prison to visit Hester Prynne and her baby Pearl. In this chapter, Hester is in a nervous breakdown while Pearl is having painful spasms. Later, Chillingworth comes to visit their cell where he gives both of them medicine to calm them down and be able to have a conversation with Hester. In their conversation, he tells Hester that he’s trying to hunt down Pearl’s father by reading the Scarlet A “on his heart”. Hester promises not to reveal her true husband’s doing, but at the same time thinks doing so might ruin her in the future. The passage thoroughly describes the character’s actions in full detail as if the reader was in the actual scene in the book. It’s very well detailed when it comes to sensory details, such as when it described Chillingworth quietly entering Hester’s cell to see her. Chapter 4’s use of imagery is to represent how Hester and Chillingworth interact with
Imagery is when you can imagine something the author says. “He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples”, “But time went by. And the boy grew older”, “well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting” are examples of imagery. You can imagine all of those examples as you are reading and it helps you understand what the boy and the tree are
An example of imagery in the poem of “Beowulf”, would be “God’s bright beacon/appeared in the east, the water lay still,/And at last I could see the land, wind-wept/ Cliff-walls to the coast. Fate saves/The living when they drive away death by themselves!”(41, 569-574). In the quote from the poem above, the author used imagery to create the image of god’s light shining through the clouds, the still water and the wind being wept. The affect imagery has in this part of the poem is to set the mood of the poem before a major event happens in the
Imagery makes use of particular words that create visual representation of ideas in our minds. The word imagery is associated with mental pictures. However, this idea is but partially correct. Imagery, to be realistic, turns out to be more complex than just a picture. Imagery is used to help the reader to visualize more realistically the author’s writings. Miller uses imagery to create a sensory experience for the reader. He said, "Sweated like a stallion”. Abigail describes the way in which Proctor enjoyed their affair. While also a simile, this gives the reader
Imagery is using figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses (public speaking). He portrays what the people see on a daily basis and shows how the people are confined from the free world. He
Merriam-Webster defines imagery as “language that causes people to imagine pictures in their mind.” When an experienced writer uses imagery, that is exactly what happens, pictures form in the reader’s mind. In her short story “The Storm”, Kate Chopin uses imagery to describe Calixta, Alcee, and the thunderstorm.
Imagery in literature can be defined as a sensory trigger, words or phrases that trigger one of the five senses (sight, touch, hearing smell and taste) Shakespeare uses imagery and specific words to show a visual imagery and specific words to show a visual image and give the audience a clear picture of what’s going on in Macbeth. Using words like croaking, blood, and light helps to create a dramatic atmosphere for his tragedies like Macbeth. Sight hearing and smell imagery are used throughout Macbeth so frequently it makes it easier for the reader to depict images in their mind.
When authors want to make a point that leaves a memory or needs to make you think about something, they typically use imagery. It can inscribe an image to show the severity or serenity of the moment in a way different from the normal statement, in a deeper way that can leave you with a feeling of joy or fill you with sorrow. In Night, Elie Wiesel uses imagery to show that surviving during the Holocaust was difficult and often given up on.
“All But My Life” had so many great things to say about life, hope, and how to keep on going even though everything inside of you doesn’t want to. The author used great imagery trying to show us what the places she stayed looked like, with everything she had to go through at each camp and the things that happened each passing year. For example “I saw an old man on a porch , smoking a long-stemmed pipe.” I think this is an example of imagery because the man didn’t have anything to do with
Starting a poem from a journal is one of the simplest and easiest stage. However, it is the essence of poetry and writing and general. Thus, this particular piece of advice cannot be overlooked; since, often writers find it innocuous or even silly. In other words, something that is not productive and it is fragmented. Indeed, when I look at my journal entries, I do not see the poetry nor I cannot put the story together. However, the exercise of organizing my thoughts from the journal into a notebook helps me make sense of what was in it. Sometimes, I think of the past: where did I write the entry? What I was doing at the precise moment? And who or what inspire me to write it? Three questions that always ease the process of making sense of the journal and write the poem or the story I
A question most people ask is what is imagery? Imagery is a visually descriptive or figurative language. What that simply means is that when someone is telling or reading something and they picture it; that's imagery. One example can be someone telling you about how there was a car crash and you explain how a drunk driver was swerving lane to lane and hit a blue SUV in the rest end leaving a huge dent. If you pictured what was just said; that's imagery.
In the poem “Wakeful in a Township”, Elizabeth Riddel masterfully utilizes tone, imagery and juxtaposition to encapsulate the internal conflict of the persona - her sense of discontent at being confined within a township she holds no rapport with, and her desire and burning ambition to be so much more. The word “Wakeful” in the title helps to accentuate this sense of ambition through the connotation of it, that being the idea of not being able to sleep. The word captures this restlessness in the persona which ties in with her immense desire to be free from the confinements of the township. In addition, the usage of the article “a” connotes emotional distance. She sees her home as a township and not the township, symbolizing her lack of attachment
Poetry has always been used as a literary art form to express one’s intense emotions or feelings, but do all poems have a true interpretation of what is being expressed? Many people do not have a keen eye when it comes to reading poetry and have a difficult time interpreting what the author is trying to express. Due to this misunderstanding, the audience lacks interest reading in this type of literary work. Through my journey with poems, I try to see the eye of the author and feel one’s emotions by rereading this type of literature. In this journey, I discover new meanings and different interpretations by just reading one poem that can change one’s perspective multiple times.