Some people think that imageries are particular words that make a visual representation of ideas in people’s mind. Usually, the word imagery is linked to a mental picture. To be realistic, that idea is partially correct. Imagery is more complex than a mental picture.
To appreciate the broad definition of imagery, read the following two sentences carefully.
It was dark and shadowy in the room – The words “dark” and “shadowy” are visual images.
The juicy and sweet mango is very cold – “juicy” and “sweet” have an effect on our gustatory sense or sense of taste.
In order to appeal to our sense, imagery requires the help of figures of speech such as simile, onomatopoeia, personification and metaphor. Famous writers and poets use imagery to generate a graphic and vibrant presentation of scenes that appeal to the reader’s senses.
An example of Imagery in creative writing is imagery of darkness and light that is repeated several times in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. For instance, Shakespeare writes: “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night.” By contrasting light and dark images, Shakespeare shows Juliet’s beauty.