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 Ice Cream Is Melting by Kenn Nesbitt
My Ice Cream Is Melting
The Teachers Jumped Out of the Windows by Kenn Nesbitt
The Teachers Jumped Out of the Windows
The Aliens Have Landed!
The Pretzel, the Pig, and the Baby Baboon
Our Classroom Is Covered in Sparkles
Computer Boot by Kenn Nesbitt
Computer Boot
Penny Parker's Pencil by Kenn Nesbitt
Penny Parker’s Pencil
My Mouse is Misbehaving
From the Ants in Our Petnuia Bed
Fancy Dancer by Kenn Nesbitt
Fancy Dancer
It’s Raining in My Bedroom
Snow Day
Monkey Dream
I Ran for the Chapstick
Halloween Party
Whenever Yaks Play Basketball
My Kitty Likes My Goldfish
My Invisible Dragon
I Have to Write a Poem
Fearless Frederick by Kenn Nesbitt
Fearless Frederick
Steve the Superhero
Bigfoot’s Shoe Emporium
The Weasel and the Whale
Learning to Fly by Kenn Nesbitt
Learning to Fly