Students need more than the definition of imagery to really get it. Understanding imagery involves interpreting and analyzing the author’s purpose for using a specific image or set of images. Good poetry centers around powerful images. These poets excel with imagery.
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Teach students how to annotate and analyze a poem before focusing on one specific element. There are multiple levels of understanding imagery. Your lesson plans should incorporate the following:
- The definition of imagery: I thought I was pretty cool in high school because I knew that imagery was the use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas. No one else though I was cool except for my English teacher who gave me an ‘A’ on my literary terms matching quiz. Then I realized simply knowing a definition means nothing.
- Identifying imagery: Being able to identify imagery raises one above the level of primates, but it still falls short of mastery.
- Interpreting imagery: Explaining why the author chooses a particular image and what effect it has on the poem’s theme puts one in the upper echelon of poetry analysts.
- Using imagery: Being able to use imagery to convey more clearly a specific message equates to mastery.
Exemplary Poets for Teaching Imagery