description class overview

Chapter 8 : Description

Definition:  a picture of words (a word-picture)

-         Giving detail, to visualize (*), to engage the five senses – sensory detail



-         To understand

-         To share writer’s experience (to solicit empathy)

-         To visualize

-         To engage / to envelope / to immerse

-         To entertain

-         To persuade


Details / descriptive language -> CONVEY impressions or ideas when selected strategically


SHOWING vs Telling

CONNOTATION vs Denotation