Imagery as a poetic device refers to the usage of verbal images to describe a concept. An image is thus any vivid or picturesque phrase that evokes a particular sensation in the reader's mind.
A girl visualises the text she is reading
Imagery uses imaginative language to represent objects, actions, and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. A writer helps the reader to visualise or to see in their minds what is being described. The poem is said to have imagery if it describes senses such as the sight, sound, smell, taste, and/or feel of something. As a result, the images should appeal to one or more of the five sensory organs: eyesears, nose, tongue, or skin.
Imagery helps the readers understand the literary work better. The concept is made easier to understand and remember as the readers are made to visualises it.
1. It was dark and dim that night.
    The words “dark” and “dim” are visual images; (that appeal to our eyes).
2. The kids were screaming and laughing in the classroom.
     “Screaming” and “laughing” appeal to our sense of hearing; (that appeal to our ears).
3Rani whiffed the fragrance of the fresh rose blossoms.
    “Whiff” and “fragrance” evoke our sense of smell; (that appeal to our nose).   
Imagery used in the poem "A Legend of the Northland":
  1. And the children look like bear’s cubs in their funny, furry clothes
  2. A little woman was making cakes, and baking them on the hearth
  3. She took a tiny scrap of dough, and rolled and rolled it flat
  4. Baked it thin as a wafer So she put them on the shelf
  5. So she put them on the shelf
  6. Then up she went through the chimney
  7. And out of the top flew a woodpecker
  8. She had a scarlet cap on her head
  9. All the rest of her clothes were burned
  10. Black as a coal in the flame
  11. She lives in the trees till this very day, boring and boring for food