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
Good Morning Mrs. Hamster by Kenn Nesbitt
Good Morning, Mrs. Hamster
Falling Asleep in Class
I Hypnotized the Teacher
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid by Kenn Nesbitt
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid
My Flat Cat
My Flat Cat
Somebody Stole My Butt by Kenn Nesbitt
Somebody Stole My Butt
Our Teacher's a Football Fanatic by Kenn Nesbitt
Our Teacher’s a Football Fanatic
I Went to the Movies by Kenn Nesbitt
I Went to the Movies
I Had to Get a Haircut by Kenn Nesbitt
I Let My Sister Cut My Hair
Overslept by Kenn Nesbitt
Overslept
My Teacher Took My iPod by Kenn Nesbitt
My Teacher Took My iPod
An Ogre Came Over for Dinner by Kenn Nesbitt
An Ogre Came over for Dinner
Cooking Class by Kenn Nesbitt
Cooking Class
I Took My Doggy for a Walk by Kenn Nesbitt
I Took My Doggy for a Walk
Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney by Kenn Nesbitt
Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney
Basketball's My Favorite Sport by Kenn Nesbitt
Basketball’s My Favorite Sport
Sleeping Santa by Kenn Nesbitt
Sleeping Santa
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
Incomplete Trick-or-Treat by Kenn Nesbitt
Incomplete Trick-or-Treat
My Dog Likes to Dig by Kenn Nesbitt
My Dog Likes to Dig
Whenever It's December by Kenn Nesbitt
Whenever It’s December
Bob’s Job