In descriptive writing, the author does not tell the reader what was seen, felt, tested, smelled, or heard. Rather, he describes something that he experienced and, through his choice of words, makes it seem real. In other words, descriptive writing is vivid, colorful, and detailed.
Bringing Words to Life
Descriptive writing creates an impression in the reader’s mind of an event, a place, a person, or thing. The writing will be such that it will set a mood or describe something in such detail that if the reader saw it, they would recognize it. Descriptive writing will bring words to life and makes the text interesting.
Some examples of descriptive text include:
- The sunset filled the entire sky with the deep color of rubies, setting the clouds ablaze.
- The waves crashed and danced along the shore, moving up and down in a graceful and gentle rhythm like they were dancing.
- The painting was a field of flowers, with deep and rich blues and yellows atop vibrant green stems that seemed to beckon you to reach right in and pick them.
- The old man was stooped and bent, his back making the shape of a C and his head bent so far forward that his beard would nearly have touched his knobby knees had he been just a bit taller.
- His deep and soulful blue eyes were like the color of the ocean on the clearest day you can ever imagine.
- The soft fur of the dog felt like silk against my skin and her black coloring glistened as it absorbed the sunlight, reflecting it back as a perfect, deep, dark mirror.
Descriptive Text in Literature
Because descriptive text is so powerful, many examples of it can be found in famous literature and poetry.
In this excerpt from Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, notice the writer’s choice of adjectives, adverbs, and verbs.
“It was a cold grey day in late November. The weather had changed overnight, when a backing wind brought a granite sky and a mizzling rain with it, and although it was now only a little after two o'clock in the afternoon the pallor of a winter evening seemed to have closed upon the hills, cloaking them in mist.”
You can see that the writer had to carefully choose his words so that the reader could almost see and feel the weather that was occurring.
Notice the vivid description of smoke in this excerpt from Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills:
"The idiosyncrasy of this town is smoke. It rolls sullenly in slow folds from the great chimneys of the iron-foundries, and settles down in black, slimy pools on the muddy streets. Smoke on the wharves, smoke on the dingy boats, on the yellow river--clinging in a coating of greasy soot to the house-front, the two faded poplars, the faces of the passers-by.”
In Alfred Tennyson's "The Eagle" he conveys power and majesty in just a few lines:
"He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls."
Descriptive Text in Songs
Descriptive text examples can also be found in many songs, since songs are meant to capture your emotions and to invoke a feeling.
"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran uses descriptive language beautifully to evoke feelings of love and romance:
"Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart"
It's All in the Detail
Now that you have several different examples of descriptive text you can try your hand at writing a detailed, descriptive sentence, paragraph or short story. Use some figurative language to help to paint a picture and evoke emotions.
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Descriptive Text Examples
By YourDictionaryIn descriptive writing, the author does not tell the reader what was seen, felt, tested, smelled, or heard. Rather, he describes something that he experienced and, through his choice of words, makes it seem real. In other words, descriptive writing is vivid, colorful, and detailed.
Autobiography Of A Sun
I, as the sun have been always playing an important part of your lifetime. You always seek energy source that comes from me as your sun. This is simply because we are located within the lifeline of the solar system where the conditions are perfect for every life form to develop. Sun is responsible for giving life to our planet. This is because my own ultraviolet rays and my surface temperature makes the Earth sit in a habitable zone.
I was formed 4.6 billion years ago when a cluster of red hot cloud, dusts, and minerals generated a magnetic force that generates energy. When I was born during that period, I generated a sudden burst of energy called nova, allowing masses of energy to generate a harmonious process, creating a circular celestial body. I transformed into a circular body accompanied by a fusion of energy that are composed of hydrogen, nitrogen, magnetic force, helium, magnesium, and sulfur, making it as a new star. After formation, I left behind numerous clusters of celestial bodies that became planets. The sun generated a circular dynamic force that allow celestial objects to form and started their orbits. After the planets were born, I already became the center of the solar system.
There are at least 8 major planets that surround my celestial body. These are the Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Pluto was considered as a major planet but was demoted as a minor planet along with its smaller outer planets with larger orbits surrounding the my body. In the modern era, there are at least more than 20 planetary objects that revolve around me in a continuous process.
In religious aspects, there are several religious deities in both past and present that sees me as their god. The main reason is that the sun provides life to Earth. Ancient civilizations created several mythologies that associate sun to other celestial beings responsible for creating the world. Since the sun is believed to be above mankind, they consider the sun as the ultimate or Supreme Being. I provide lights every life form in order to survive. Many rituals are applied by ancient and present animist groups who want to beg for mercy and to ask for forgiveness from the sun.
In biological sense, I am one of the most important sources of energy in planet Earth. The energy it released nourishes life forms in your planet that creates a chain of biological reaction. The ultraviolet light coming from my body penetrates the Earth’s atmosphere, transforming into an essential ray of light that activates enzymes. When enzymes are activated, it creates building blocks of life. The rays of my arms are responsible for creating numerous life forms across the planet since it was created several billions of years ago.
I am valuable, I am invincible, and I am reliable for most celestial bodies that surround me in my own system. As a celestial body, I am capable of providing a long-lasting support to any planet and all celestial bodies that surrounds me. However, I am also capable of ending a celestial body’s life. This is once I will start entering the phase of transforming into a supergiant. As for now, enjoy while I still provide the best life supporting system before I transition into a hazardous celestial body.