Imagery and The Scarlet Ibis PPT

Consists of words and phrases
that recreate sensory experiences
for readers.
Rather than describing every aspect of a
setting, a writer may use sensory details –
words and phrases that appeal to the
senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and
touch – to help you visualize a scene.
Quick Write
Using your five senses, list the items you could
hear, touch, smell, taste and see in this scene. It is
fine to imagine what you would taste or smell in
this scene.
Imagery can invoke an emotional,
sensational (5 senses) or physical
How did the scene of the bridge make
you feel?
Pick out the images or
sensory details.
It was in the clove of seasons, summer was dead but
autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit in the
bleeding tree. The flower garden was stained with rotting
brown magnolia petals and ironweeds grew rank amid the
purple phlox. The five o'clocks by the chimney still marked
time, but the oriole nest in the elm was untenanted and
rocked back and forth like an empty cradle. The last
graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted
across the cotton field and through every room of our
house, speaking softly the names of our dead.
 The Scarlet Ibis Background
 Author
 James Hurst
 Publication
 published in the July 1960
 Influence
 "The Scarlet Ibis" was the
first and only work of
Hurst's to achieve
widespread success.
 The Scarlet Ibis
Background, Con’t:
 The Bird Itself
 Native of the South
American tropics
 The scarlet ibis is vivid
red, but loses its color if it
doesn’t eat the proper diet
 It needs a particular
habitat in order to thrive
 The scarlet ibis is an
endangered species which
has not bred successfully
in its natural habitat since
the 1960s.
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