Types of Imagery

Nick Rogers

What is Imagery?

The use of language to evoke a picture or a concrete sensation of a person, a thing, a place, or an experience.

Helps the reader put themselves in the story by appealing to one or more of the five senses.

Imagery is extremely important because it stimulates the reader's imagination which is essential in any writing.

Visual Imagery

Most common form of imagery.

It appeals to one's sense of sight and is an attempt to put a certain imagine in to the reader's mid.


The skies seemed to part as the sun began to shine down on the green park.

Auditory Imagery

Appeals to one's sense of sound or hearing.

It's important to be able to help the reader imagine what they are hearing in the story.


The sound of Jack bouncing his basketball was quickly muffled as the train roared by.

Olfactory Imagery

Appeals to one's sense of odor or smell.


He awoke to the strong smell of freshly brewed coffee.

Gustatory Imagery

Appeals to one's sense of taste.


When Paul was pushed under the water his mouth was filled with salt water.

Tactile Imagery

Appeals to one's sense of touch.

Normally in the form of hard or soft, hot or cold, etc.


When the dog licked me it's rough tongue felt like sandpaper.

Kinesthetic Imagery

Appeals to one's sense of movement.


The ride suddenly came to a screeching halt and I had a bad feeling in my stomach.

Organic Imagery

Appeals to one's feelings of the body, such as hunger, thirst, fatigue, etc.


Matt became exhausted during his workout, his mouth was dry and he was gasping for air.


  • Each table has a different type of Imagery.
  • Come up with a sentence using your type of imagery.