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Run-on sentences occur when writers try to combine more than one idea into a single sentence. They cause confusion because readers are not sure when one idea ends and the next one begins. Read our entry and test your knowledge with our quiz!


Imagery occurs when an author uses descriptive words or phrases to evoke a mental picture of the scene. Imagery is created by using vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas. Imagery evokes a more meaningful visual experience for the reader.

Imagery in literature: William Wordsworth effectively uses imagery in his poem “Daffodils.” In the following poem, the reader can almost picture the daffodils in the breeze:

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way

In The Things They Carried, author Tim O’Brien uses imagery as a way to visualize the soldiers in the story. O’Brien tells us the soldiers carry, "P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wristwatches, fog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of Kool-Aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits, Military Payment Certificates, C rations, and two or three canteens of water.” A reader can mentally picture a soldier in Vietnam carrying these things through the sticky jungle of Vietnam.

Imagery in general: The giant tree was ablaze with the orange, red, and yellow leaves as the sun set on the horizon.