Sensory language is a strategy that writers utilize in order to immerse the reader in a story by engaging one or more of their senses. Imagery is created through the use of sensory language. Edgar Allan Poe was a master of sensory language, using it throughout his stories and poetry to create vivid pictures for his readers. Any work of Poe's could be used to discern examples of sensory language, but there are a few which stand out.
Poe's work "The Tell-Tale Heart" includes many elements of sensory language, but the conclusion of the story leads the reader to the sounds of the beating heart, heard by the narrator as they begin to lose their composure. Poe writes,
My head ached, and I fancied a wringing in my ears; but still they sat and chatted. The ringing became more distinct: —It continued and became more distinct: I talked more freely to get rid of the feeling: but it continued and gained definiteness—until, at length, I found that the noise was not within my ears.
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