Concrete Diction - Concrete Imagery

Entertainment / Literature / Concrete Diction - Concrete Imagery: Language that describes qualities that can be perceived with the five senses as opposed to using abstract or generalized language. For instance, calling a fruit 'pleasant' or 'good' is abstract, while calling a fruit 'cool' or 'sweet' is concrete. The preference for abstract or concrete imagery varies from century to century. Philip Sidney praised concrete imagery in poetry in his 1595 treatise, Apologie for Poetrie. A century later, Neoclassical thought tended to value the generality of abstract thought. In the early 1800s, the Romantic poets like Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley once again preferred concreteness. In the 20th century, the distinction between concrete and abstract has been a subject of some debate. Ezra Pound and T. E. Hulme attempted to create a theory of concrete poetry. T. S. Eliot added to this school of thought with his theory of the 'objective correlative.' Contrast with abstract diction / abstract imagery.

Other Words for Concrete

Concrete Adjective Synonyms: real, actual, literal, realistic, authentic, valid, genuine, bona fide, reliable, specific, particular, definite, definitive, clear-cut, material, physical, tangible, substantial
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Other Words for Diction

Diction Noun Synonyms: articulation, pronunciation, enunciation, delivery, elocution, oratory, presentation, speech, intonation, inflection
Diction Adjective Synonyms: language, wording, (verbal or writing) style, expression,age, expressiveness, terminology, word choice, vocabulary, phraseology, phrasing, rhetoric
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Other Words for Imagery

Imagery Noun Synonyms: figurativeness, allusion, symbolism
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