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    Do I "invoke" or "evoke" images in another's mind??

    I'm a songwriter wishing to create a bio and would like to know which is the correct way of stating the following, using 'evoke' versus 'invoke':

    "Through my songs, I try to evoke / invoke images and emotions in the listener."

    Which is correct? Are both correct? To clarify, the images and emotions I try to evoke / invoke can be either completely imagined by the listener, or founded on his or her actual experiences. Does that make a difference on the word selection?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Do I "invoke" or "evoke" images in another's mind??

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    (When you 'invoke' something it exists already - before the invocation.)

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    Re: Do I "invoke" or "evoke" images in another's mind??

    Quote Originally Posted by belledge View Post
    I'm a songwriter wishing to create a bio and would like to know which is the correct way of stating the following, using 'evoke' versus 'invoke':

    "Through my songs, I try to evoke / invoke images and emotions in the listener."

    Which is correct? Are both correct? To clarify, the images and emotions I try to evoke / invoke can be either completely imagined by the listener, or founded on his or her actual experiences. Does that make a difference on the word selection?

    Thanks in advance!
    well,'evoke' is the right word here.'Invoke' means 'to beg for help or inspiration from some higher powers'.
    Alexander Pope invokes the muse of poetry in 'The Rape of the Lock'

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    Re: Do I "invoke" or "evoke" images in another's mind??

    Would "conjure" be OK here? I'm not sure if I can use this word to something else than sorcery.

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    Re: Do I "invoke" or "evoke" images in another's mind??

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Would "conjure" be OK here? I'm not sure if I can use this word to something else than sorcery.
    Like 'invoke', you can't 'conjure' something [up] unless it already exists (maybe in a different form). So I don't think it would be an appropriate word in this context.

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    I actually was thinking of using "conjure" as well.


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    But now I know "evoke" is the proper term. Thanks for the help folks!

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