Some people experience one of more of the five senses involuntarily, when one sense evokes another. They hear music and see a colour or they associate inanimate objects with colours or tastes. Synaesthesia is defined as occurring when stimulation of one sensory modality automatically triggers perception in a second sensory modality. For example, numbers, letters, words, days of the week and musical tones may trigger a certain colour, taste, smell or shape.
Poets can use this to advantage by using synaesthetic metaphors by mixing the senses … Her voice tasted of caramel … orange is a loud colour … celery smells cold and wet, etc.
WRITE SHORT POEMS USING SYNAESTHESIA, IN ANSWERING THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
What do stars sound like? – Example: Stars sound like tiny silver bells around the legs of dancing fairies. Or – A star sounds like a baby breathing; like an unexpected kiss on the nape of the neck.
How does sunlight smell?
What does fear taste like?
What does autumn sound like?
What is the texture of love?
Describe colour of music from a cello/violin/flute (choose one)?
How does standing in a rainbow feel?
What colour is a smile?
What does chocolate sound like?
The desert sparks with magic,
like a great hunk of flint,
rubbed by gusts of hot wind.
When darkness sets in
each star awakes and begins
to ring its tiny silver bell.
The night sky is breathing
down on me, caramel smooth
and full of fire music. Jude Aquilina