Imagery is the use of figurative language, and it is something that "paints" or illuminates an image in one's mind as he or she reads. It can be found in music, poetry, short stories, etc. The better the imagery, the easier it is for the reader to imagine the setting, the characters and the plot development.
There are several literary devices that create imagery for the reader. One of these devices is a metaphor, which compares two dissimilar things that have similar characteristics. In the first line of "Catch the Moon" by Judith Ortiz Cofer, there is a description that provides imagery using a metaphor:
Luis Cintron sits on top of a six-foot pile of hubcaps and watches his father walk away into the steel jungle of his car junkyard.
The metaphor is the "steel jungle" which compares the collection of steel objects piled up and crowding the area to leaves, trees, vines and other plants that obscure the way when entering into, or traveling...
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