Imagery, in a literary text, occurs when an author uses an object that is not really there, in order to create a comparison between one that is, usually evoking a more meaningful visual experience for the reader. It is useful as it allows an author to add depth and understanding to his work, like a sculptor adding layer and layer to his statue, building it up into a beautiful work of art.
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Famous quotes containing the word imagery:
“Poetry presents indivisible wholes of human consciousness, modified and ordered by the stringent requirements of form. Prose, aiming at a definite and concrete goal, generally suppresses everything inessential to its purpose; poetry, existing only to exhibit itself as an aesthetic object, aims only at completeness and perfection of form.”
—Richard Harter Fogle, U.S. critic, educator. The Imagery of Keats and Shelley, ch. 1, University of North Carolina Press (1949)
“Fairy tales are loved by the child not because the imagery he finds in them conforms to what goes on within him, but becausedespite all the angry, anxious thoughts in his mind to which the fairy tale gives body and specific contentthese stories always result in a happy outcome, which the child cannot imagine on his own.”
—Bruno Bettelheim (20th century)