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Imagery means using 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 visualize or to see in their minds what is being described. The images should appeal to one or more of the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste or smell.
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).
3. Rani whiffed the fragrance of the fresh rose blossoms.
    “Whiff” and “fragrance” evoke our sense of smell; (that appeal to our nose).   
What are the uses of imagery?
1. The concept is made easier to understand, as the reader visualizes it.
2. It makes the concept easier to remember.
Imagery has been used throughout the poem "The Secret of the Machines", and it pleases the senses of the readers to a great extent. The lines of the poem are written in a tone which gives the reader the description of the origin, and the workings of machines.
The imagery used in the poem "The Secret of the Machines":
  • We can see and hear and count and read and write!
  • We were taken from the ore-bed and the mine,
  • We were melted in the furnace and the pit
  • We were cast and wrought and hammered to design,
  • We were cut and filed and tooled and gauged to fit
  • We can pull and haul and push and lift and drive
  • We can print and plough and weave and heat and light
  • We can run and race and swim and fly and dive
We can literally see and experience the actions done through the descriptions.