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Personification and Imagery (posted by Grace)
A figure of speech in which the poet describes an abstraction, a thing, or a nonhuman form as if it were a person. When inanimate objects, are given human qualities, this results in a poem full of imagery and description. Example: “The wind moaned, beckoning me to come outside.” In this example, the wind—a nonhuman element—is being described as if it is human (it “moans” and “beckons”)."
Imagery, in a literary or poetic sense, is the author’s use of description and vivid language, deepening the reader’s understanding of the work, by appealing to the senses. All imagery is aided through the use of other poetic devices, such as simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, etc.
There are different types of imagery. These include:
Visual imagery which refers to sights and allows the reader to visualise the subject, objects or events in the poem.
Auditory imagery refers to sounds and reminds the reader of common or specific sounds as a point of reference to deepen understanding.
Kinaesthetic imagery is related to movement and reminds the reader of body movement or positions that are familiar or imagined – such as the feeling of flying.
Smells and tastes can be referred to as Olfactory or Gustatory imagery respectively.
Tactile imagery refers to texture and feeling."
The sunflower winked-
blinked at me with velvet eye.
Breeze blew over large
leaves, prompting the flower
to dance, and bow. Bonnet
was in disarray. Some
petals faced up while
others flopped over like dog
ears. As sun strengthened
and wind stilled, the velvet
eye gazed up in worship.