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.

Breakfast in Bed by Kenn Nesbitt
Breakfast in Bed
Wet Christmas
Catastrophe
The Dancing Baboon of Djibouti
Payton the Painter by Kenn Nesbitt
Payton the Painter
My Nostril Smells Awesomeby Kenn Nesbitt
My Nostril Smells Awesome
An Ordinary Day
Alex's Allergy by Kenn Nesbitt
Alex’s Allergy
Underneath an Apple Tree by Kenn Nesbitt
Underneath an Apple Tree
A Dinosaur for Christmas
While Lying On the Grass Today
Benjamin Plays Bass Guitar by Kenn Nesbitt
Benjamin Plays Bass Guitar
My Brother’s a Genius
I Found Myself Upon a Cow
My Grandpa
At Hamster Sam’s Rodeo
I Bought My Mom an Apple by Kenn Nesbitt
I Bought My Mom an Apple
A Penguin's Toes by Kenn Nesbitt
A Penguin’s Toes
My Parrot Doesn’t Care to Fly
Sylvester the Strongman by Kenn Nesbitt
Sylvester the Strongman
The Bagel Bird
A Shark Is a Pet by Kenn Nesbitt
A Shark Is a Pet
Santa's Beard by Kenn Nesbitt
Santa’s Beard
My Uncle Had an Ant Farm by Kenn Nesbitt
My Uncle Had an Ant Farm