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 Sloth Is Supersonic
When the Teacher Isn't Looking by Kenn Nesbitt
When the Teacher Isn’t Looking
The Dog Ate Our Dinner by Kenn Nesbitt
The Dog Ate Our Dinner
Good Morning Mrs. Hamster by Kenn Nesbitt
Good Morning, Mrs. Hamster
My Kitten Is a Ninja by Kenn Nesbitt
My Kitten Is a Ninja
I Hypnotized the Teacher
Homework Stew by Kenn Nesbitt
Homework Stew
Falling Asleep in Class
Our Teacher's a Football Fanatic by Kenn Nesbitt
Our Teacher’s a Football Fanatic
My Flat Cat
My Flat Cat
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid by Kenn Nesbitt
When Frankenstein Was Just a Kid
My Brother Punched Me in the Head
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
My Teacher Took My iPod by Kenn Nesbitt
My Teacher Took My iPod
Overslept by Kenn Nesbitt
Overslept
While Lying on the Lawn
I Dreamed it Was December by Kenn Nesbitt
I Dreamed it Was December
Sleeping Santa by Kenn Nesbitt
Sleeping Santa
Cooking Class by Kenn Nesbitt
Cooking Class
I Took My Doggy for a Walk by Kenn Nesbitt
I Took My Doggy for a Walk
An Ogre Came Over for Dinner by Kenn Nesbitt
An Ogre Came over for Dinner
Basketball's My Favorite Sport by Kenn Nesbitt
Basketball’s My Favorite Sport