poetic device: Imagery

Imagery means using figurative language in a way that appeals to our physical senses. Although the word “imagery” sounds like it refers only to visual language—the sense of sight—it actually refers to any of the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.

Imagery can include descriptive language, onomatopoeia, personification, metaphor, simile, or any other figurative language that enhances the impact of the poem by appealing to our bodily senses.

When the Teacher Isn't Looking by Kenn Nesbitt
When the Teacher Isn’t Looking
Homework Stew by Kenn Nesbitt
Homework Stew
I Hypnotized the Teacher
Falling Asleep in Class
Good Morning Mrs. Hamster by Kenn Nesbitt
Good Morning, Mrs. Hamster
My Flat Cat
My Flat Cat
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid by Kenn Nesbitt
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid
I Had to Get a Haircut by Kenn Nesbitt
I Let My Sister Cut My Hair
Our Teacher’s a Football Fanatic
Somebody Stole My Butt by Kenn Nesbitt
Somebody Stole My Butt
Cooking Class by Kenn Nesbitt
Cooking Class
Overslept by Kenn Nesbitt
Overslept
An Ogre Came over for Dinner
My Teacher Took My iPod
Sleeping Santa
Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney
Basketball’s My Favorite Sport
I Took My Doggy for a Walk
Incomplete Trick-or-Treat by Kenn Nesbitt
Incomplete Trick-or-Treat
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
My Dog Likes to Dig
Whenever It's December by Kenn Nesbitt
Whenever It’s December
Welcome Back to School
Bob’s Job