Imagery involves one or more of your five senses (hearing, taste, touch, smell, sight). An author uses a word or phrase to stimulate your memory of those senses. These memories can be positive or negative which will contribute to the mood of your poem (We'll get to that later!). Be careful what you write about!
Use the chart below to put the word or phrase from the following poem under the heading of the sense to which it appealed.
Richard W. Thomas
My father lies black and hushed
Beneath white hospital sheets
He collapsed at work
His iron left him
Slow and quiet he sank
Meeting the wet concrete floor on his way
The wheels were still turning--they couldn't stop
Red and yellow lights flashing
Gloved hands twisting knobs--they couldn't stop
And as they carried him out
The whirring and buzzing and humming machines
Lapping up his dripping iron
They couldn't stop
Imagery is the use of vivid description, usually rich in sensory words, tocreate pictures, or images, in the reader's mind.
Figurative language is the language that uses imagery and such figures of speech as similes, metaphors, and personification.
Creating poetry requires the use of imagery. Think of some imagery words to describe some part of nature:
sea, a brook, clouds, a tree, a river, an animal, etc. List the words in a table such as the following:
Now, create a poem about what you described. Use imagery (some of the words you have listed) to describe the aspect of nature that you have chosen.