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Imagery is where the author uses sensory descriptions to create a picture in the reader's mind. Usually these descriptions appeal to one of our five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste. The author might evoke an emotion or simply create a picture. For instance, if I said "walking down the too bright hallway, I could smell the lingering odor of chalk and paste in the air", you might get a mental image of a school hallway. Using the words "too bright" might evoke a negative emotion or the description might evoke a general feeling of nostalgia. Another example of imagery can be seen in the poem "Once by the Pacific" by Robert Frost. Frost describes the clouds as "low and hairy...like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes". (Of course, this is also an example of personification and simile.) Frost describes the clouds in such a way that we get a mental picture of the clouds. Imagery is probably found most often in poetry, but it appears in other types of writing as well.
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