Elements of Eloquence Single Line Challenge, Chapter 6: Synaesthesia
Mark Forsyth informs us that synaesthesia, when it is a rhetorical figure and not an illness, involves assigning the properties of one sense to another; or to an abstraction.
To further inform yourselves, do go ahead and review the short and entertaining chapter Chapter 6 in our book, “Elements of Eloquence.”
“A gravelly voice”
“The warm colors of a painting”
“Smells like… Victory.”
Apparently there are rules to this one, at least in terms of what seems natural to native English speaker.
Sight and Sound exchange their qualities freely.
The qualities of Touch can be attributed to a Sound; but not the reverse.
Taste gives freely but in Forsyth’s opinion, not the reverse. I have to wonder whether a wine connoisseur would agree.
Smells don’t exchange qualities with other senses; but perhaps they can with abstractions or objects.
“There’s something fishy about all this.”
Go ahead; give it a try. Follow the rules; or break them.