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Blog: Isis

Reading and writing exercises to improve your imagery These exercises are so you can learn by doing, which is where most of the real learning happens. Some are so standard as to be attributable to no one, some are mine, others are pulled from a variety of sources. ----- Consider the...
Imagery in context Now that you have an idea of the many ways that imagery can be used in poetry, the next question is: how to use it well? What general principles can be used to figure out if an image will work in a poem and help the poem communicate? It is important to use imagery to...
4. Conceptual imagery Often conceptual imagery manifests itself in metaphor, the extension of metaphor, or a moment of sensory perception in a phrase or sentence presenting an idea rather than a thing. Some of the metaphors in this sonnet evolve into conceptual imagery when they become...
3. Kinetic imagery Sound effects can create a sense of motion, but this isn’t precisely what I mean by kinetic imagery. Kinetic imagery is another application of sensual imagery that’s worth talking about because it rarely gets named or discussed, but can be incredibly important to a poem...
2. Intuitive imagery Intuitive imagery takes advantage of and often mimics the way our brains can hold many things together at once, or bounce around between different memories and ideas. (poem suggested by Peppermental. Thank you!) Take a minute and think about what happens in you when...
1. Sensual imagery When most people talk about imagery they mean sensual imagery, so we’re going to discuss it first. Sensual imagery is language whose main function is to appeal to the senses, thus the name. Sensual imagery often appears as a passage of description, or a moment of a story...
I wrote this guide for another forum for young writers (mostly teens and twentysomethings), but it got fairly detailed - I think it will be helpful for any writer approaching poetry or poetic prose with a desire to learn something. This guide covers what imagery is, what forms it can take, a...

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