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The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

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By Gaston Bachelard

Liked and reflected by way of philosophers, architects, writers, and literary theorists alike, Bachelard's lyrical, landmark paintings examines the locations within which we position our wide awake and subconscious strategies and publications us via a circulate of cerebral meditations on poetry, artwork, and the blooming of awareness itself. homes and rooms; cellars and attics; drawers, chests and wardrobes; nests and shells; nooks and corners: no house is just too monstrous or too small to be crammed by way of our recommendations and our reveries. With an creation by means of acclaimed thinker Richard Kearney and a foreword via writer Mark Z. Danielewski.

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Forces are manifested in poems that do not pass through the circuits of knowledge. The dialectics of inspiration and talent become clear if we consider their two poles: the soul and the mind. In my opinion, soul and mind are indispensable for studying the phenomena of the poetic image in their various nuances, above all, for following the evolution of poetic images from the original state of revery to that of execution. In fact, in a future work, I plan to concentrate particularly on poetic revery as a phenomenology of the soul.

17 The ultimate task of a phenomenology of imagination is, Bachelard concludes, to capture images at their inception, as they begin anew. In this the phenomenologist and the poet are one, for they both know that imaginative contact with the outer world renews our inner being. 18 To dream otherwise—even if it is for the moment of a reverie or poem—is to exist otherwise. And Bachelard invites each reader to join company with his walking companions—Rilke, Lautréamont, Mallarmé, Poe—on such grand imaginary journeys.

He lives in Los Angeles. RICHARD KEARNEY is Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College. He is the author of two novels, a volume of poetry, and more than twenty books on European philosophy and literature, including The Wake of Imagination and Poetics of Imagining. He is international director of the Guestbook Project. MARIA JOLAS was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1893. She spent much of her lifetime in Europe, where she devoted herself to antiwar activism and translated many works.

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