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Re: Sounds like...

From:Diana Slattery <slattd@...>
Date:Thursday, November 19, 1998, 2:53
"Mathias M. Lassailly" wrote:

> Nick wrote : > > > Am I the only person who sees no connection whatsoever between those > > sounds and color-words? I'd have to randomly guess on them. > > > So do I. To me each vowel has a colour. I can see red colour when I hear or > read French *a*, yellow with *i*, gray with *i*, orange with *o*, brown with > French *o-accent circonflex*, green with French *u*, deep blue with French > *ou*, white with French *oeu*, etc. So any word of any language makes me > think of colors. That's why I couldn't answer the post. >
Shades of Arthur Rimbaud--one of his most famous pronouncements was about the color of vowels.
>From Une Saison en Enfer: "J'inventai la couleur des voyelles!--A noir, E blanc, >I rouge, O bleu, U vert.--Je reglai la forme et le mouvement de chaque >consonne, et, avec des rhythmes instinctifs, je me flattai d'inventer un >verbe poetique accessible, un jour ou l'autre, a tous les sens. Je reservais >la traduction. Ce fut d'abord une etude. J'ecrivais des
silences, des nuits, je notais l'inexprimable. Je fixais des vertiges." "I invented the color of vowels! A black, E white, I red, O blue, U green. --I regulated the form and the movement of every consonant, and with intinctive rhythms I prided myself on inventing a poetic language accessible some day to all the senses. I reserved all rights of translation. At first it was an experiment. I wrote silences. I wrote the night. I recorded the inexpressible. I fixed frenzies in their flight."
> > Mathias > > > -- > > "It has occured to me more than once that holy boredom is good and > > sufficient reason for the invention of free will." - "Lord Leto II" > > (Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert) > > > > ICQ #: 18656696 > > AOL screen-name: NikTailor > > > > > > ----- > See the original message at