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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