Here’s an example of auditory imagery in a poem:
Poem: “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe
Hear the sledges with the bells—
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells—
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.
In this excerpt from “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe, auditory imagery is used to evoke the sense of hearing. The reader can almost hear the sound of the “sledges with the bells” as they “tinkle, tinkle, tinkle” in the “icy air of night.”
The repeated use of words like “tinkle” and “tintinnabulation” mimic the sound of the bells and create a musical rhythm in the poem. This auditory imagery transports the reader into the scene, allowing them to imagine the festive and lively sound of the bells ringing in the cold night air.