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Synaesthesia Definition

Describing one kind of sense impression by using words that normally describe another sense. A blending or confusion of different kinds of sense impression, in which one type of sensation is referred to in terms more appropriate to another. Common synaesthetic expressions include the descriptions of colors as "loud" or "warm", and of sounds as "smooth". A crossing of sensory metaphors (e.g., "loud shirt", "bitter wind", "sweet voice", "velvety smile" or "prickly laugh").

Synaesthesia Poem Example

4 Jon On Our 22nd Wedding Anniversary

Your love is
quite sensational –

Your laughter tastes
    like spring-time rain

Your tears smell
    like sweet lemon flower petals

Your voice looks

Your heart sounds
    like exquisite violin and harp concertos

And your eyes!

Your eyes feel
    like early autumn sunset’s amber-gold lengthening glow

Oh, my love, your love
is entirely, completely,

Copyright © 2007 Rev. Rebecca Guile Hudson 

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Other Synaesthesia Definition

[n] a sensation that normally occurs in one sense modality occurs when another modality is stimulated



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