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Poetry Definition

The creation of images using words. Poets usually achieve this by invoking comparisons by means of metaphor or simile or other figures of speech. In his famous line from sonnet 18 Shakespeare creates an image by comparing his love to a 'summer's day'.


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Standard Definition

[n] the ability to form mental images of things or events; "he could still hear her in his imagination"


imagination - (5 syllables), imaging - (3 syllables), mental imagery - (5 syllables)

Misc. Definitions

\Im"age*ry\, n. [OE. imagerie, F. imagerie.]
1. The work of one who makes images or visible representation of objects; imitation work; images in general, or in mass. ``Painted imagery.'' --Shak. In those oratories might you see Rich carvings, portraitures, and imagery. --Dryden.
2. Fig.: Unreal show; imitation; appearance. What can thy imagery of sorrow mean? --Prior.
3. The work of the imagination or fancy; false ideas; imaginary phantasms. The imagery of a melancholic fancy. --Atterbury.
4. Rhetorical decoration in writing or speaking; vivid descriptions presenting or suggesting images of sensible objects; figures in discourse. I wish there may be in this poem any instance of good imagery. --Dryden.