Imagery, in a literary text, is an author's use of vivid and descriptive language to add depth to their work, or create a visual using words. Making the reader feel as if he is present in the very moment, right between the lines, is what imagery is all about. It appeals to human senses to deepen the reader's understanding of the work. Using vivid descriptions and comparisons with the help of sound words, helps recreate images and emotions.
Imagery is a device which needs to be aided with other figures of speech like similes, metaphors and personification etc. to effectively crop a picture within the minds eyes. There are seven different kinds of imagery; visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile, organic, olfactory and gustatory, each stimulating all of the human senses, movement, and internal sensations. For example, "The shadows crisscrossed the rug while my cat stretched languidly in one of the patches of sun. "This passage gives the reader a vivid description of the lighting in a room. Creating pictures with words enriches any kind of work and is the best way for a writer to invite the reader into his or her "world."