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.

My Flat Cat
My Flat Cat
Cooking Class by Kenn Nesbitt
Cooking Class
When the Teacher Isn’t Looking
Falling Asleep in Class
An Ogre Came over for Dinner
My Teacher Took My iPod
Sleeping Santa
I Had to Get a Haircut by Kenn Nesbitt
I Let My Sister Cut My Hair
I Took My Doggy for a Walk
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid
Basketball’s My Favorite Sport
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
Our Teacher’s a Football Fanatic
My Dog Likes to Dig
My Teacher Ate My Homework
Bob’s Job
Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney
Somebody Stole My Butt by Kenn Nesbitt
Somebody Stole My Butt
Welcome Back to School
A Hippo Is Bounding around on My Head
The Tale of the Sun and the Moon
Science Homework
The Headless Horseman’s Hattery
I Tried to Ride a Skateboard