Comment on the imagery used in the poem "Precious Words" by Emily Dickinson. Cite examples and identify the type of imagery. To which sense does the poet appeal most often?
Imagery is a literary device which appeals to one (or all) of the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell). Authors use imagery to appeal to the senses of a reader so that they can experience a deeper connection with the text.
In Emily Dickinson's poem, XXI from Part One of "Life", "He ate and drank the precious words" imagery is used to appeal to a reader's sight.
The poem depicts a man sumbolically drunk off of words he has read in a book. The book has not only "intoxicated" him, it has allowed him to forget the problems in his life as well.
The imagery of the poem details an image of a man, drunk and dancing. This is a visual image that the reader can create in their own mind.