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Imagery. Using Sensory Detail. What is Imagery?. Imagery is when an author uses words and phrases to describe a place, person, or event in such a manner that the reader feels as if he or she is experiencing the place, person, or event first hand. What is Imagery?.

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Imagery

Imagery

Using Sensory Detail


What is imagery
What is Imagery?

  • Imagery is when an author uses words and phrases to describe a place, person, or event in such a manner that the reader feels as if he or she is experiencing the place, person, or event first hand.


What is imagery1
What is Imagery?

  • The best details come from closely observing the world, then using specific words that can be felt by our five senses. These help a reader mentally live through what the characters in the book are actually experiencing.

    • What does this mean?


Imagery examples
Imagery Examples

  • SIGHT: The sun’s beams shimmered and danced on the ocean’s gentle waves.


  • SMELL: The fragrant roses drifted through the room like elusive ghosts.


  • SOUND: Although they could not see outside the cabin, they could hear the eerie tapping, tapping, tapping, of his knife upon their door.


  • TASTE: The cheesecake’s exquisite flavor traveled from his tongue to his spine.



Imagery activity
Imagery Activity and goose-bumps shortly followed.

  • Close your eyes as I read a poem titled “Imagery” by Judy Anne.

  • As I read the poem, I want you to draw the image that sticks out in your mind.


Imagery by judy anne
“Imagery” by Judy Anne and goose-bumps shortly followed.

Tree branches glisten white

Pillows of snow

Sun reflecting

tiny crystals of light

frozen in stillness.


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