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 Computer Ate My Homework by Kenn Nesbitt
My Computer Ate My Homework
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
Mr. Meecher, Science Teacher
A Rock Makes an Excellent Puppy
Brand New Shoes by Kenn Nesbitt
Brand-New Shoes
Breakfast in Bed by Kenn Nesbitt
Breakfast in Bed
Potluck Christmas by Kenn Nesbitt
Potluck Christmas
The Dancing Baboon of Djibouti
An Ordinary Day
My Nostril Smells Awesomeby Kenn Nesbitt
My Nostril Smells Awesome
A Dinosaur for Christmas
My Penguin by Kenn Nesbitt
My Penguin
Wet Christmas
Benjamin Plays Bass Guitar by Kenn Nesbitt
Benjamin Plays Bass Guitar
While Lying On the Grass Today
My Brother’s a Genius
I Found Myself Upon a Cow
My Grandpa
At Hamster Sam’s Rodeo