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Jessica Wiskus

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226030920

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226031088.001.0001

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Synesthesia, Recollection, Resurrection

Synesthesia, Recollection, Resurrection

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(p.114) 10 Synesthesia, Recollection, Resurrection
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The Rhythm of Thought
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Jessica Wiskus

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226031088.003.0010

This chapter begins with a definition of synesthesia, theorized by those who have not experienced it as a sort of blending of two different sensations—a color within a sound. However, an additive notion is not sufficient in describing the phenomenon. Synesthesia is transformative; it is an inspired moment where one “hears the unheard” and “sees the unseen.” It is the emotion of the synesthetic experience that serves as a marker of its significance. How can one “arrive at the unknown?” Rimbaud offers the poet as seer, and for the early Greeks, the poet and the soothsayer worked in association—the poet looks toward the past, and the soothsayer toward the future.

Keywords:   synesthesia, recollection, synesthetic experience, emotion, sound, rimbaud, early Greeks

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