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
My Sloth Is Supersonic
Good Morning Mrs. Hamster by Kenn Nesbitt
Good Morning, Mrs. Hamster
A Festival for Frogs by Kenn Nesbitt
A Festival for Frogs
The Dog Ate Our Dinner by Kenn Nesbitt
The Dog Ate Our Dinner
Homework Stew by Kenn Nesbitt
Homework Stew
I Hypnotized the Teacher
Falling Asleep in Class
My Kitten Is a Ninja by Kenn Nesbitt
My Kitten Is a Ninja
Our Teacher's a Football Fanatic by Kenn Nesbitt
Our Teacher’s a Football Fanatic
My Flat Cat
My Flat Cat
My Brother Punched Me in the Head
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid by Kenn Nesbitt
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid
A Vampire Bit My Neck Last Night by Kenn Nesbitt
A Vampire Bit My Neck Last Night
I Had to Get a Haircut by Kenn Nesbitt
I Let My Sister Cut My Hair
I Went to the Movies by Kenn Nesbitt
I Went to the Movies
Overslept by Kenn Nesbitt
Overslept
Sleeping Santa by Kenn Nesbitt
Sleeping Santa
Somebody Stole My Butt by Kenn Nesbitt
Somebody Stole My Butt
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
I Took My Doggy for a Walk by Kenn Nesbitt
I Took My Doggy for a Walk
Cooking Class by Kenn Nesbitt
Cooking Class
I Dreamed it Was December by Kenn Nesbitt
I Dreamed it Was December