12:13 pm, Wednesday, 1 December, 2010 – Atlanta
Happy 1st of the last month.
Now, sound. I am going to mix in the other senses for today. Yesterday you played a little with the way words sound. Today I want you to pick pairs of emotion and list for each what you associate with them sensorily. List as many for sound as you can, but jot a couple for each of the other senses. You may, as you jot down the associations, expand on any of them that come with a story.
sound bells, ululating, song, singing, ocean waves
visual yellow, neon lights, fireworks, dancing
taste coffee, muscat, fried eggs and bacon
smell coffee, bacon, fresh mown grass
touch satin, a hug, marble
sound: sobs, taps being played, solitary footsteps
visual: grey skies, shadows
taste: blood, salt, bitterness
smell: rotting oranges, mold, stale food
touch: tears, bare branch
Notice that some of my associations are universal, but some are personal and if I were to use them in a poem to evoke an emotion, I would need to give a context. I found a site where the author has done the same thing, but she has added kinesthesia. She also has some good things to say, so the link is here.
Tomorrow, I will share with you some excerpts from poets who are experts with both the sounds of words and sound imagery.