Day 12 Imagery
Imagery is any series of words used to create a mental picture, or sensory experience. Such images can be created by using figures of speech such as similes, metaphors, personification, and assonance. Images can also be created by relatable action words or onomatopoeias that trigger responses in the reader's mind. Imagery helps the reader imagine the sensations described as they are related through the language of the author. A simplistic view is that one can think of the imagery as painting a picture with words.
Imagery is also the term used to refer to the making (or re-creation) of any experience in the mind -- auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, gustatory, kinesthetic, organic. It is a cognitive process employed by most, if not all, humans. When thinking about a previous or upcoming event, people commonly use imagery. For example, one may ask, "What color are your living room walls?" The answer to this question is commonly retrieved by using imagery (i.e., by a person mentally "seeing" one's living room walls).
Examine this analysis from Gale Research for more insight into this poem.
Your Turn: Reflect on an experience that triggers your own personal imagery. Begin by clustering that incident, triggering memories for each of your senses, even though you may not choose to include each sense in your final poem. Polish your images into a short poem which uses your personal imagery to re-create that experience. Be prepared to share.