Synesthesia

Definition:
While the term synesthesia literally refers to a medical condition wherein one or many of the sensory modalities become joined to one another, in literature it refers to the depiction of a strong connection, link or bond between the different senses. Characters in literature are sometimes described to be experiences synesthesia. Synesthesia is the conflation of the senses.

Example:
The Sound of Blue by Hollu Payne which portrays synesthesia with respect to the Romantic ideal.

3 thoughts on “Synesthesia”

  1. In “The Crucible,” John Proctor says that the “lilacs taste purple.” In the poem “Harlem: A Poem,” by Walter Dean Myers, he writes that “colors are loud enough to be heard.”

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