How Does Imagery Connect Us to Understanding

Imagery can be described as instantaneous visual, tactile and auditory impressions created through nouns and adjectives (Kelly and Hacht 2004, p. 45 Imagery appeals to emotions and feelings force us to become active readers and ‘doers’ of events and actions depicted in poetry.Imagery connects us to understanding through the generalization of concepts and notions depicted by a poet. In poetry, imagery serves as a bridge to communication between voice and audience. The symbol in poetry fosters a movement between the realm of the imaginary, the poetic content, and the real, the audience eager to interpret the content. In many cases, the generalizing statement is connected with the illusory nature of communication between poet and reader. Symbolic imagery in poetry invites depth and a variety of interpretations but does not seek to avoid contact with concrete reality.Some authors choose to write poetry because it allows them to express ideas and thoughts more clearly and concisely than in fiction. Whether linked to scenes painted in the past or present tense, poetry frequently manages to transcend temporal limits and invite the reader or audience into the mind of the subject or main character. Poetry allows a writer to use such specific techniques as alliteration, rhyme, and meter. These techniques add emotional tension and allow the poet to stress the main ideas and thoughts. In contrast to fiction or non-fiction, the repetition clearly strengthens the captivating rhythm of poems. Also, poetic elements and concise language help the poet to maintain cohesiveness at the temporal level through the repetition of the same verb in the same tense, which pose a gradual movement from the broad to the narrow. Of course, the utterance of the poetic word, or the reading of it, inevitably establishes an immediacy of time and place (Kelly and Hacht 2004). This effect either supports or contradicts the content of the poem, depending on the verb tenses and spatial references it employs.