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01167-- What is Imagery?




Imagery

Keats’s poetry is known for being full of sounds, sights, smells, and warmth.  He achieves these sensations through imagery, words and phrases that appeal to one or more of the five senses and create sensory experiences for the  reader.  Sometimes, a poet will create imagery in which one sensation is described in terms of another; this technique is called synaesthesia. For example, in “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” the phrase “Heard melodies are sweet” describes a sound in terms of a taste.  As you read these poems, note the type of imagery Keats uses to vividly convey his ideas to the reader.  

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