Creative writing using images to enhance subject description
Figures of speech add beauty and meaning to content. It clearly makes a visual representation of the intensity of emotions or vivid description of impressions about a certain subject for the full understanding and appreciation of the readers. Images are figures of speech used to deepen a reader’s understanding of a concept or thought. The use of images draws reader’s focus to the author’s message, expands reader’s comprehension about the message, and adds dimension through association. Images evoke literal and emotional experience to the readers.
College textbooks and literature contain figurative expressions that require a student to identify and determine the meaning of the expression based from the context of the sentence or paragraph. Figurative expressions such as images emphasize an idea by expressing it in an unusual form that creates vivid imaginations. Images convey accurate descriptions by creating definite impressions of a concept or object the reader is unfamiliar such as seeing, hearing, feeling, or smelling.
The example below is from the poem of Emily Dickinson “Dying”. This implies that there is silence in the room except for the fly buzzing. The buzzing of the fly enhanced the detailed descriptions of the room’s stillness, which evokes the readers’ senses. This tells the reader that the room is very silent and still except for the sound of the fly.
“I heard a fly buzz when I died;
The stillness round my form
Was like the stillness in the air
Between the heaves of storm.”
The use of images throughout the poem creates enjoyment through evaluation of images interrelationship and meaning. Images make a speech memorable but mostly found in poetry. They stay in the mind of the readers longer than the text because it creates pictures of experience to people’s minds appealing to one or more of the human five senses. One great example below is the speech of the former US President George H. W. Bush when he delivered his acceptance address to the Republican National Convention in 1988.
“a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.”