How does imagery help to understand a poem?
Poetry acquaints students with the types of images—visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic—all of which partially account for the appeal and validity of poetry. Real images in a poem lend reality to the poem’s assertions. The logic of understanding imagery is this: Readers have seen many of the same things that poets describe (sun, moon, stars, ocean), and have also perceived many similar things (roses, boats, fish, sweethearts, boats, singers, songs, jewels, hair, and so on). Therefore, references to these things create a bond of perception authenticating the presuppositions, responses, attitudes, thoughts, and ideas of poetry.