Writing Technique - Imagery
In a way you can say you're creating mental pictures of events you'd normally experience and process intuitively...but it's a bit more than that.
The mental picture you're painting in your lyric isn't frozen in time, but is alive and active and moving. Imagery immerses you into a moment in time as if it were happening to you in real-time.
There are many different forms of imagery you can create in your lyric, but the point of the technique is that it specifically deals with appealing to one or more of your five senses:
Likewise, you want your audience to see, smell, touch, taste and remember something they’ve read or heard...and then ask themselves, "what does it all mean?".
Examples of Imagery in Poems and Songs
From Popular Poems
- William Wordsworth - "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
- Robert Browning - "The Laboratory"
- T.S. Eliot - "The Wasteland"
- Edgar Allan Poe - "The Bells"
From Popular Songs
Imagery is used across many genres in music but country songwriters are notorious for using this writing technique in their song lyrics.
- Faith Hill - "The Secret Of Life"
- Blake Shelton - "Austin"
- Halsey - "Is There Somewhere"
- Frank Ocean - "Forrest Gump"
- Taylor Swift - "All Too Well"
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Updated: April 3, 2020
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