Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Imagery in Poetry~Rubaiyat support (posted by Jilly)
“The word Image is synonymous with Picture and makes us think of the Visual, as it should, but that is limiting. Imagery in literature is when we spark the reader’s senses – any of them – all of them! Imagery pulls the reader into the poem and allows them to feel as if they are there.
Imagery is an essential component in the Rubaiyat form, so let’s take a look at some examples of language that appeals to our physical senses.
You get the idea – appeal to the senses – all six of them. (Did she say ‘six?’) Yes I did and in fact, you can find all kinds of references to imagery that go beyond even that number, but I am going to limit it to six: 1.) Visual, 2.) Tactile/Touch, 3.) Olfactory/Smell, 4.) Taste, 5.) Auditory, and 6.) Kinesthetic.
The Kinesthetic sense is that which causes us to feel and sense motion. Think of that roller coaster, that time when you were sea-sick, or when you fell down the stairs as a child. We all recognize the dizzying feeling or the joy of motion, depending on the situation. Of course, employing kinesthesia can also be the experience of something other than ourselves in motion.”
First spritz of rain touched my face.
Looked up, sky was in rumble phase,
clouds loomed menacing and low.
Whirling wind blew; I picked up my pace.
Ran through summer grass, earth scent embraced.
Hair whiplashed cheeks. Where was that café?
Umbrellas collapsed, people scurried to and fro.
Ah, aroma of a steamy latte.