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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard. Since its first publication in English inFrench philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space remains one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.

The Poetics of Space is a pr Since its first publication in English inFrench philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space remains one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. The Poetics of Space is a prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics to carpentry take on enhanced-and enchanted-significances.

La Poetica Del Espacio by Bachelard, Gaston

Every reader of it will never see ordinary spaces in ordinary ways. Instead the reader will see with the soul of the eye, the glint of Gaston Bachelard. Paperbackpages. Published by Beacon first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Poetics of Spaceplease sign up. Literally a magical book! See 1 question about The Poetics of Space…. Lists with This Book. Feb 11, Josh rated it it was amazing.

I’ve pa to explain Bachelard to so many people by now that I should know better. I’m afraid to wash the freaking hem of this gasfon. Probably the best thing I can say about The Poetics of Space is that, in thinking so hard about what makes a poetic image work, it really becomes more of a prose ewpacio than a book of philosophy.

Bachelard is trying to understand the “happy mind” – the mind making itself a home everywher I’ve failed to explain Bachelard to so many people by now that I should know better.

Bachelard is trying to understand the “happy mind” – the mind making itself a home everywhere, no matter how hostile the environment. He calls this a phenomenology as opposed to psychology’s obsession with neurosis, damage, the “unhappy mind”also “daydreaming,” “reverie. Talking about what you learned from this book is hard, partially because that initial transfer of energy and excitement is the main thing.

But like Claude Levi-Strauss or Rene Girard, Bachelard also leaves you with a form, a process that you can use to think about how you think. He makes you more conscious of, not just your mind, but your mind’s movement, your mind’s happiness. And no matter how unhappy we are, our mind’s are all trying to be happy happy meaning at times, unfortunately, unhappy, but then maybe the “happiness” Bachelard is talking about is only movement and life, the happiness of the seed.

As domestic a book as Anna Karenina, as accordion-expansive as Walden, as razor sharp as Candide. Could also be seen again, like Girardas one podtica digression on Proust. View all 4 comments. Jan 08, Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A bestowed mind, when undertaking the poetic journey of imagination, is gsston at discovering sudden corners, pathways and bridges which lead to those places where the being surges to acquire intimacy with that notion which transpires oneness with life.

Sometimes these places have always been there around waiting to be discovered. Sometimes the discovery is not sudden but gradual, brought about by a continuing familiarity with the places. The wooden door, whose smell begets a sense of warmth or A bestowed mind, when undertaking the poetic journey of imagination, is elated at discovering sudden corners, pathways and bridges which espzcio to those places where the being surges to acquire intimacy with that notion which transpires oneness with life.


The wooden door, whose smell begets a sense of warmth or security and also a promise of coming life, the book shelf which inhabits a life, the caress of whose surface makes one experience oneself in entirety; an entirety which is an accumulation of different lives lived through reading and rendered in that instance. The window which opens to a sea of faces at dusk, an assurance that life moves on irrespective of lingering darkness. The old stone stairs, erected steeply without a support to ascend, the steps of which unites the self with the child within.

Places creating the spaces of reverie, oneiric experiences through which a self attains harmony; the house in which you live and which lives within you, those drawers and chests which are abode to memories to which you return again and again, the corner which stands as a retreat for solitude.

The reveries of mind cumulate into creating those images which bring harmony in the existence. Harmony brings joy within the being. Reveries of the places of his childhood — the house he lived in. For him, this summer is the harmony between his existence and an indifferent Universe. This harmony is his revolt. These images make the world grow, and the summer too.

At certain hours poetry gives out waves of calm. From being imagined, calm becomes an emergence of being. It is like a value that dominates, in spite of minor states of being, in spite of a disturbed world.

Eel the creative consciousness associates with a poetic image to give a specific reality which is a reverberation creating harmony within a being. How such poetic image originates. Gaston here investigates simple images of felicitous space and name the investigation as topophilia. View all 15 comments.

Jun 22, Geoff rated it it was amazing Shelves: It has been lived in, not in its positivity, but with all the partiality of the imagination. As other reviewers have noted, it is almost difficult to speak about where reading Bachelard leaves you once you have raised your eyes from the page and attempted again to view the world through the lens of your own perceptions after they have been filtered through his prism: It is not through shocks to the intellect or fireworks of mind-bending paradox that Bachelard affects you, but through encouraging you to look again and again, quietly, at the simplest interactions espafio the simplest of objects and places of your life, your past, and to see them afresh, to see how they have entered into your being and expanded their quiddity to impress themselves on all aspects of your psyche.

Bachelard focuses on the intimate places of memories, habitations, our childhoods, and investigates how the images we retain from our most essential dwellings have played upon our daydreams and contributed to our sense of happiness and well-being. The Poetics of Space is essentially a study of happiness. Espaciio this way, it is akin to Proust, as it descends into dream-space, memory-space, and imaginative space-time to locate the unities that bring about a totality to our lives; espwcio fact this was the ideal book to follow a reading of In Search of Lost Timeas both books find their center in the belief in the supremacy of bachleard creative imagination, in the power of the image to retain and affirm all of existence, and the ceaseless pursuit of happiness in the raw material of our lived experiences.

These initiators and signifiers are universally ordinary. Houses, doors, walls, windows, roofs, cellars, chests, drawers, locks, and in our more primitive, pre-memorial past, nests, shells, trees, forests We exist in a corner of the world, within a house within a neighborhood, a construct of dimension and verticality and depth, of portals and walls, passages of ingress and egress, of windows that let in or deny light and air and space, walls that contract and expand with the impetus of our daydreams.

Gashon find ourselves inside or outside of our dwellings, we inhabit gardens or streets or rooms daily, and the almost imperceptible way in which we place our receptive selves, leave pieces of ourselves in these places, how they communicate and reverberate in response to our mental and physical presence and us reverberating and responding within them, these are the places in which the mythology of our lives is developed, here is where Bachelard espqcio down the essence of our poetic existence.


When are we more expansive than when we are traversing our reveries safely in gastkn nest of our room or stilling ourselves from the motion of our lives poerica a favorite patch of earth?

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Indeed, immensity is the movement of the motionless man. If something exists in the realm of the imagination, it exists with no further need of validation.

There is a reality beyond the positive, material world, that contains just as much vitality and energy as physical objects, just as much prescience of an actuality as an idea turned into a material thing. Words create solidity, images evoke a concreteness, there is a realness to every written thing, no matter how abstract, and the mind reaches toward comprehension of each potent image; it is in these realms that the work of art reigns, expressing our humanity in dynamic, personalized terms.

The Poetics of Space is mainly concerned with the dialectic between these regions of the imagination and the places in which they are nurtured and developed. And language bears within itself the dialectics of open and closed. Through meaning it encloses, while through poetic expression, it opens up. Language is the beginning of all things human, the starting point where truths emerge from silence, therefore anything expressed contains a kernel of truth, and a kernel of humanity.

It is in response to silence that words, and therefore humanity, takes form.

The Poetics of Space

Silence is far more abundant than language, but even small amounts of language contain more than silence. It should beware of the privileges of evidence that are the property of geometrical intuition. Sight says too many things at one time. Being does not see itself. Perhaps it listens to itself. It does not stand out, it is poeitca bordered by nothingness: Sometimes, it is in being outside itself that being tests consistencies. Sometimes, too, it is closed in, as it were, on the outside.

We hardly know where to situate this silence, whether in the vast world or in the immense past. But we do know that it comes from beyond a wind that dies down or a rain gston grows gentle. For it is obvious that the image alone can keep pace with nature. But we must lose our earthly Paradise in order to actually live in it, to experience it in the reality of its images, in the absolute poetkca that transcends all passion.

Then, when we could dle how we imagine, we cease to imagine.

We should therefore dematurize ourselves. The human consciousness is if anything mutable, it changes willingy and unwillingly, it persistently interacts with the images it has hoarded over the years, it converses with its present surroundings and is in communication with the places it has inhabited in other times. We never leave the places we have dwelled. Memory and the unconscious assure that we deposit fragments of ourselves behind that intermittently send reports out from the oblivion of time; there is always something lingering of our past worlds that speaks to and helps us to construct our current one.

Jan 09, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: This is less a work of systematic philosophy than a daydreamer’s scrapbook with lovely poetry snippets pasted in. Bachelard applies the philosophy of phenomenology to architecture, stating that a house or home is not just a physical thing, but also a place where our memories or thoughts make an impression on it, and shape it even further. He takes further and begins to investigate the meanings of little details in houses, like dressers, corners, and the metaphor of a home as a ‘nest’ or ‘shell’.