Poets use sensory words to help their readers see, hear, smell, touch and taste what the poem’s about.
Sensory words are words that remind us of our five senses: -sight -sound -smell -touch -taste
What are examples of sensory words for sight? -shiny -gigantic -skinny -muscular
What are examples of sensory words for sound? -banging -ringing -screeching -gushing
What are examples of sensory words for smell? -fishy -flowery -musty -rotten
What are examples of sensory words for touch? -fluffy -bumpy -smooth -silky
What are examples of sensory words for taste? -bitter -juicy -spicy -crunchy
Let’s look at this poem: In the morning while I eat my oatmeal I can smell the scent of toast coming from our toaster.
Think about how it might sound if sensory words were used in different places: In the chilly morning while I eat my warm and pasty oatmeal I can smell the sweet scent of cinnamonraisin toast coming from our tiny, tin toaster.
Showing vs. Telling Instead of just telling their readers something, poets use sensory words to show them it!
Today, we’ll practice placing sensory words in a poem. See how it changes the poem!