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.

6 thoughts on “Synesthesia”

  1. Does this relate to the new theory that Homer was colorblind, based on the descriptions he used, like green honey and purple sheep?

  2. The Phantom Tollbooth
    “Milo nibbled carefully at the letter and discovered that it was quite and delicious– just the way you’d expect an A to taste” (49).
    He’s eating the letter A in here; there’s a ton of references to synesthesia in The Phantom Tollbooth.

  3. 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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