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Addressing the need to use sensory words in poetry
Sensory Words
by Vivian Gilbert Zabel



Goal: This exercise helps writers to understand the need of addressing as many of the five senses as possible for complete descriptions. Also writers demonstrate the use of sensory words in poetry.

Materials needed: Sample of Sensory Words
                             thesaurus

NOTES: Descriptions should be complete and accurate enough that a person/reader can picture the thing being described. Since words are tools used to create imagery, then sensory words are tools needed to create thorough descriptions. The more senses that can be utilized and the more specific the word used, the better the description, the more the reader can identify with what the writer is describing.


Directions:

1. Consider the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch (feel).

2. Read over the Sample of Sensory Words handout. Consider which are more specific.

3. Add as many sensory words for each sense as possible, may use thesaurus.



Sensory Words
Sample List


(NOTE: I'm sorry I am unable to format the lists of words into columns for easier reading.)

Sight Words:

Colors
colorless          white          ivory          yellow          gold          orange          green          olive          turquoise           azure          pink          crimson          maroon          lavender          purple          silver          brown          black          mottled          red          ruby          blue          spotted

Shape
round          oval          triangular          rectangular          square                       shapeless

Size
immense          massive          large          tiny          small          tall          short          wide          long          narrow          lean

Appearance
round          flat          curved          wave/wavy          ruffled          angular          hollow          tapered          wiry          lopsided          freckled          wrinkled          striped          bright          clear          glossy          jeweled          fiery          shimmering          muddy          drab          dark          grimy          worn          cluttered          fresh          flowery          transparent          sheer          opaque          muscular          handsome          robust          fragile          pale           perky          lacy          shadowy


Hearing Words

crash          squawk          crackle          chime          ring          thud          whine          buzz          laugh          silence          bump          bark          clink          gurgle          chuckle          boom          bleat          hiss           giggle           cry
         thunder          bray           snort          guffaw          bawled           bang          blare           bellow          sing          crow          roar          rumble          growl          hum          chatter          scream          grate          whimper          mutter          mumble          screech          slam          stammer          murmur          wail          shout          clap          snap          whisper          babble          yell          stomp          rustle          sigh          cheer           whistle          jangle          whir          hush          storm


Taste Words

oily          rich          bland          ripe          buttery          hearty          tasteless          medicinal          salty          mellow          sour          fishy          bitter          sugary          vinegary          spicy          bittersweet          crisp          fruity          hot          sweet          savory          tangy          burnt


Smell Words

sweet          piney          acrid          sickly          scented          pungent          burnt          stagnant
         fragrant          spicy          gaseous          musty          aromatic          gamy          putrid          moldy          perfumed          fishy          spoiled          dry          fresh          briny          sour          damp          earthy          sharp          rancid          dank


Touch (feeling) Words

cool          wet          silky          sandy
         cold          slippery          velvety          gritty          icy          spongy          smooth          rough          lukewarm          mushy          soft          sharp
         tepid          oily          woolly          thick
         warm          waxy          furry          dry
         hot          fleshy          feathery          dull
         steamy          rubbery          fuzzy          thin          sticky          bumpy          hairy          fragile          damp          crisp          leathery          tender
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