Q:

What are examples of sensory details?

A:

Quick Answer

Sensory details are elaborations of specific sensations experienced, including visual, sonic, olfactory, tactile, luminous or kinesthetic qualities. They may include descriptions such as "the air was dense and the flight was bumpy" or "her eyes were hazel-green."

Continue Reading
What are examples of sensory details?
Credit: Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images News Getty Images

Full Answer

Sensory details can be used in literary, academic persuasive, scientific or artistic instances. Sensory details help to convey a direct impression of a particular time and place or a lifeworld. Details of experience which take into account the senses—it was a rainy day and car headlights were refracted in the distance; the cows had an overwhelming tangy odor; the sunset exuded a glowing magenta—can heighten the realism of a passage.

Sensory details can bring writing to life and draw the reader into the scene through imagining firsthand the details described. Often a combination of sensory details can be used to create an even further compelling image of a scene, and sensory details need not be expressed purely through language. For example, many of the painters associated with the impressionism movement were thoroughly obsessed with the phenomenon of light and attempted to encode impressions of luminosity directly through the canvas. Nineteenth century French impressionist painter Claude Monet was notorious for his brilliant invocations of natural light which cascaded from cathedral walls, off of ponds and across landscapes.

Learn more about Literature

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you write a script outline for your script?

    A:

    A script outline should include information about the protagonist, details about the supporting cast, details about the beginning and end of the story, plot points and the order of events. Using a script outline is an easy way to break down the story step-by-step.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is selection of detail in literature?

    A:

    Selection of detail in literature refers to the details that the author reveals for the purpose of adding to the desired dominant impression. These details are selected based on what they tell the reader about the person, place or thing being described.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some examples of foreshadowing?

    A:

    Examples of foreshadowing include a teenage guy about to leave the house for a night out with his pals, telling his mother that she worries about him too much, kissing her just before he goes. The reader is perfectly aware that something awful is about to happen, which is what makes this foreshadowing: providing clues about something bad that is on its way, inevitably so.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some examples of literary conventions?

    A:

    Literary conventions are features or practices of certain genres that readers or audiences understand, recognize and accept as techniques to facilitate the plot. The conventional plot of certain romance novels focuses around a male and female character who struggle through difficulties and misunderstandings until they fall in love.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore