Here is the poem written by Taniguchi Buson, (cerca 1760) which creates a powerfulsense:
The Piercing Chill I feel
The piercing chill I feel:my dead wife's comb, in our bedroom,under my heel...---Translated by Harold G. Henderson.Did you notice how incredibly simple the poem was, yet how eerie the sense is thatyou almost feel the cold as a corpse comb under your foot? When writing a poem,imagery can convey thoughts or images with much more impact that writing out thecomplete feelings.A good practice to enhance the imagery of a poem is to simply brainstorm. Writedown all the thoughts, words, and images you think of before your write your poem.Say for example, you are writing a poem about being lonely. Write down the detailsof the setting. Ask and answer the following questions. What are you wearing?Where are you? What does the room look like? How do the simple objects of theroom look? If you were alone in this room, what physical body movements mightyou be doing? What do your hands look like? How is the light shining? Thesequestions are just examples, but you can ask yourself any question--just be completewhen describing everything. The reason this practice is valuable is because a poemthat stands out is one that uses descriptions that open the readers mind to the objectiveof the poem without telling the reader directly.There are different forms of imagery with which a poet can experiment such as personification, metaphor, similes, Etc. Personification is when the writer animatesan inanimate object. For example, "The burnt pine trees stretched their boney fingersto the clouds." Here the image of the pine trees give a desperate feeling to them.Personification is a valuable tool because being humans, we have a tendency to relateto body language and emotion that mimics our own actions. When using personification, be fully aware of how the imagery affects the tone of the poem. If you are trying to convey a dark feeling, you wouldn't uses images like "The butterfliesdanced in a circle of wind," but you could use the butterflies and say, “The butterflieskept vigilance of the garden, and they sliced the wind with their wings."For the following words, use personification to describe the objects.