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Imagery and its types Cheat Sheet by

This cheat sheet answers the following questions: 1. What is imagery? 2. What are the types of Imagery?

Definition of Imagery

To use figurative language to represent objects, actions, and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. Usually, it is thought that imagery makes use of particular words that create visual repres­ent­ation of ideas in our minds.

Organic Imagery

Organic imagery / subjective imagery, pertains to personal experi­ences of a charac­ter's body, including emotion and the senses of hunger, thirst, fatigue, and pain.

Visual Imagery

Visual imagery pertains to graphics, visual scenes, pictures, or the sense of sight.

Types of Imagery

kinest­hetic - movement
olfactory - smell
visual - sight
gustatory - taste
organic - feeling inside
tactile - touch
auditory - sound

Auditory Imagery

Auditory imagery is a form of mental imagery that is used to organize and analyze sounds when there is no external auditory stimulus present. This form of imagery is broken up into a couple of auditory modalities such as verbal imagery or musical imagery.

Kinest­hetic Imagery

kinest­hetic imagery is the repres­ent­ation of the actions and movements of an object or a character.

Olfactory Imagery

Olfactory imagery pertains to odors, aromas, scents, or the sense of smell.

Gustatory Imagery

Gustatory imagery pertains to flavors or the sense of taste.

Tactile Imagery

Tactile imagery pertains to physical textures or the sense of touch.


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