This article is about imagery as a literary text. For imagery in cognitive psychology, see mental image
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Imagery, in a literary text, is an author's use of vivid and descriptive language to add depth to their work. It appeals to human senses to deepen the reader's understanding of the work.
Forms of imagery
There are seven types of imagery, each corresponding to a human sense, feeling, or action:
- Visual imagery pertains to sight, and allows you to visualize events or places in a work.
- Auditory imagery pertains to a sound. This kind of imagery often comes in the form of onomatopoeia.
- Olfactory imagery pertains to an odor.
- Gustatory imagery pertains to a taste.
- Tactile imagery pertains to a texture or sensation of touch.
- Kinesthetic imagery pertains to movement, or an action.
- Organic imagery pertains to feelings of the body, including hunger, thirst, and fatigue.
(examples of imagery)
- Thomas, Nigel J.T (Winter 2011), "Mental Imagery", in Zalta, Edward N., The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Stanford University), retrieved February 16, 2012