By: Rachel Neuherz, Brennon Register, and Ian Derushia

What is Imagery?

Imagery is descriptive writing of a scene or thing usually found in literature. Imagery is used to describe things and to let your reader imagine exactly what you want them to. It is one of the most important figurative language types.

Why Exactly do Authors use Imagery?

Authors can use imagery to describe an event or scene to the reader. Imagery, if done properly, should let the reader see exactly what you see or what you imagine. It can be used to depict an event or describe a person in great detail. Authors use imagery because they want us all to see the same thing and really get immersed into the piece of literature.

Examples of Figuritive Language from "A Tell-Tale Heart"

1.) "He had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold."
2.) "all a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones."
3.)"a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton,"
4.)His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness . . ."
5.)"So I opened it you cannot imagine

how stealthily, stealthily--until, at length, a single dim ray, like the thread of the spider, shot from out the

crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye."

Why are these Examples of Imagery?

These are examples of imagery because they all appeal to one of the five senses. Numbers 1,2,4, and 5 all appeal to the sight sense. This is the most common and used in "A Tell-tale Heart". Number 3 appeals to sound, Poe want=s you to imagine wrapping a watch in cotton and hearing the muffled sound it makes.

Why is Imagery the Best Figuritive Language?

Imagery is the best because it can immerse you in the literature that you are reading. You actually feel like you are apart of the story because the author puts you into the setting with descriptive words.

Our Own Imagery

1.) On a starry winter night in Portugal, the birds chirped and the air was frigid.
2.)Beside the lake, beneath the tree lay a snow white rabbit.
3.) The stars shined like little lights that were dancing
4.) The flame of the candle danced through the midnight air.
5.) The antique lantern was rusted and little nicks were carved out of the handle, where it had been held.