The UVic Writer's Guide
The term imagery has various applications. Generally, imagery includes all kinds
of sense perception (not just visual pictures). In a more limited
application, the term describes visible objects only (especially
ones that are vivid). But the term is perhaps most commonly used
to describe figurative language, which is treated in modern criticism
as a central indicator of meaning or theme in literature.
Some works make use of image-clusters (groupings of metaphors and similes),. or have characteristic image motifs (such as the animal imagery
in Othello or King Lear).
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