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What imagery is used in Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop for Death"? Is it visual, tactile, auditory, etc.?

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Imagery refers to descriptions that appeal to our five physical senses; imagery, therefore, can be visual (describing something we would see), auditory (for something we might hear), tactile (for something we could feel with our sense of touch), olfactory (for something we could smell), or gustatory (for a thing we would taste). This poem makes the most use of visual and tactile imagery; there is no olfactory, auditory, or gustatory descriptions. The poem contains some visual imagery in the descriptions of the "Fields of Gazing Grain" and the "Setting Sun." We can easily see in our mind’s eye the wheat fields bending in the wind and golden in the sunset’s golden yellow light. The imagery of the dew is both tactile and visual, as it is described as "Chill" (which is something felt) and "quivering" (which is something seen). This is called synesthesia, actually, when an image appeals to two or more senses at one time. Further, the description of the "Gossamer" gown and "Tulle"...

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