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The Poetics of Space is not some rigorous discussion of the concept of home or the distinction gastob inside and outside. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I’ve failed to explain Bachelard to so many people by now that I should know better. A bestowed mind, when undertaking the poetic journey of imagination, is elated 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. What he does instead is set the tongues of these various images to ringing at harmonic frequencies, then invite you in to hear the resonances.

What is marvelous about it, though, is that you don’t need to understand most of it espcio get a great deal of plea I do absolutely love this book, and it became in many ways a kind of manifesto for me.

La Poetica Del Espacio by Bachelard, Gaston

A life changing book. There are other ways of drawing out the secrets we keep but don’t know, but at times that’s the project of poetry itself. It is the property of a naive consciousness; in its expression, it is youthful language.

I came away from the book feeling as if I had an intuitive grasp of what he meant, rather than an exact explication, and that was kind of astonishing – to have a sense of having learned from feeling something in tandem with an author. It should beware of the privileges of evidence that are the property of geometrical intuition.

And all the spaces of our past moments of solitude, the space in which we have suffered from solitude, enjoyed, desired and compromised solitude, remain indelible within us, and precisely because the human being wants them to remain so.

Indeed, immensity is the movement of the motionless man. Illuminates how profoundly homes and spaces impart themselves on our imaginations, memories, experiences, daydreams I was thinking of how to explain why I love reading Bachelard so much, and the best I can come up with for now is my love for his unusually deep way of thinking. No trivia or quizzes yet.


At certain hours poetry gives out waves of calm. I live in the American Southwest, and images of basements and attics and forests don’t speak to my home. A geometrical object of this kind ought to resist metaphors that welcome the human body and the human soul.

The old stone stairs, erected steeply without a support to ascend, the steps of which unites the self with the child within. I have to return this to the library soon.

La intuición del instante. Breve acercamiento a la poética de Gastón Bachelard

It is THAT good. See 1 question about The Poetics of Space…. It’s the gift of feeling that someone else not only understands but shares your feelings about certain spaces on a level that reaches way underneath words.

Gaston Bachelard was a French philosopher who rose to al of the most prestigious positions in the French academy. He whispers to you everything you’ve always known, intimate knowledge that we all share wordlessly, yet he increases its mystery by speaking about it in a hush of clarity that does not defile the subject matter as psychologists, philosophers, or psychoanalysts do.

His analysis of the poetic image is unique and, I think, quite beautiful.

When he states that values alter facts I know this whole phenomenology business has gone not just straight to his head, but over it, and good. Every reader of it will never see ordinary spaces in ordinary ways. View all 15 comments. For once, someone does not miss the gaaston point! The book is about space and the philosophy of it.

The Poetics of Space

Bachelard brings together philosophers and writers and whole host of dreamers to unfold complicated concepts into an elegant reading moment. Sep 06, Lightsey is currently reading it.

My hopes for an intelligent reading of bchelard and public spaces were squashed by Bachelard’s constant quoting of Rilke and endless pages about snails in their shells. This book is an incomplete catalog of images of place.

I had had a sensory key given to me – just as Proust was given the grace gsaton a little cake of Madeleine to permit an instant of exact poetoca Decidedly unoriginal in its portrayal of concepts, associations and representation, this book brings no new angle, no new vista on the dynamics of the house in all its possible permutations: Bachelard then takes the house as a primary point when investigating subjects from ‘attics’ to ‘basement’, and from ‘corners’ to ’roundness’.


Indeed, every great image has an unfathomable oneiric depth to espaio the personal past adds special colour. Quite simply, this book purports to be a work of philosophy apparently one of phenomenology, though its metaphysics owe a far greater debt to Bergson than to Husserl or Brentanobut is best described as a meditation on poetry, and the connection between language and private spaces.

It can unravel some deep-seeded obsessions in your writing that can open opportunities for dealing with formerly obsecure insecurities. Which is a strong assumption at the foundation of this book, giving i This book is an offering of sorts, in the way that Virginia Woolf’s “The Common Reader” is an offering to bibliophiles and Lewis Hyde’s “The Gift” is an offering to artists.

Bachelard does mention the desert, but only briefly, and it is only one sort of desert there are myriads of them and it is cartoonish. It has been lived in, not in its positivity, but with all the partiality of the imagination. Essentially, he discusses ways we try to define intimate spaces around us that are still themselves whether occupied or not.

For him, this summer is the harmony between his existence and an indifferent Universe. The reveries of mind cumulate into creating those images which bring harmony in the existence. I’ll accept that what he explores is what the images could be, but I won’t go any farther than that. As such, Bachelard’s favorite word in the book is “daydreaming” – the course that your mind is set on after reading a particularly resonant image. The rest of the book is an application of this theory to various poetic images – mostly relating, in some way, to the home.

For we have in espacjo memories micro-films that can only be read if they bachlard lighted by the bright light of the imagination. His most important work is on poetics and on the philosophy of science. Bachelard claims to, and in most cases succeeds in, examining the “dialectical shadings” of all manner of things associated with home: