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Since its first publication in English in 1964, French 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.

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Paperback, 282 pages
Published 1994 by Beacon (first published 1957)
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Josh
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've failed to explain Bachelard to so many people by now that I should know better. I should write some sort of meta-review/hymn/grocery list here, but I'm afraid. I'm afraid to wash the freaking hem of this book.

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 poem than a book of philosophy. Bachelard is trying to understand the "happy mind" - the mind making itself a home everywher
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Fergus
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine you're magically transported back to your first home. You know - the one you lived in as an infant.

Eureka... suddenly the mists of time and faulty memory withdraw, and it all comes back to you!

Every nook and cranny, every secret, mystical corner, each minute detail of your home and of the enthralled childhood you once enjoyed would flood your heart with a forgotten, Elysial joy...

I used to retain a vivid and unmistakable memory of lying in bed as an infant in a dark, warm room and heari
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Rakhi Dalal
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those interested in art
Shelves: favorites, journey, dreams
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. 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 ...more
Hadrian
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'.
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Geoff
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“We build within ourselves stone
on stone a vast haunted castle.”

-Vincent Monteiro, Vers sur verre

”Space that has been seized upon by the imagination cannot remain indifferent space subject to the measures and estimates of the surveyor. It has been lived in, not in its positivity, but with all the partiality of the imagination.”
-Bachelard

“A house that stands in my heart
My cathedral of silence
Every morning recaptured in dream
Every evening abandoned
A house covered with dawn
Open to the winds of my
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knig
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, lightwieght
Bachelard offers nothing, and I mean nothing, new in terms of philosophical insight or logical exposition, in ‘Poetics’. 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: nest, shell ,miniature (doll’s house), accessories included (wardrobe, chests, drawers, locked pendants, etc). Further, Bachelard ired me continuously with well meaning but frankly idiotic ...more
Jonfaith
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: theory
[W]e are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.

This is not what I expected. The Poetics of Space is not some rigorous discussion of the concept of home or the distinction between inside and outside. This is a meditation. Bachelard prefers "daydream". As one reads, one takes shorthand from the philosopher's imagination. The text is steeped in whimsy and speculation. The citations refer to the poetic, not the p
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بثينة العيسى

هل صحيحٌ ما أوردته الفلسفات الميتافيزيقية ، أن الإنسان ( مقذوفٌ في العالم ) ، مخذول ، متروك للتساؤل في عالمٍ صريح في عدائيته ؟ أم أن ما نسمّيه ( الوجود – هناك ) ليس كابوسياً كما يُصوّر لنا بقدر ما هو مشروع لانفتاح الداخل على الخارج ، لاحتواء العالم عوضاً عن التشظي فيه ؟

إن غاستون باشلار ، كما يتبدى جلياً من خلال الاقتباس السابق يعارض بقوّة ما تضخه الفلسفات الوجودية حول عدائية المكان ، و حتى انفصالية المكان ، حيثُ ” أنا المكان الذي أوجد فيه ” ( نويل آرنو ) ، و حيثُ ” المكان في لا مكان ، إنه في الد
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Jimmy
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's one of those great books with the rare ability to put into words everything I've always known. *




































* Wittgenstein says "About what one can not speak, one must remain silent." Of course, as a philosopher, he was right. But what is unspeakable is also exactly where poets must venture forth a primitive utterance. Not to fill it up brashly with idle talk, but to consecrate it with voices which will increase the silence. This is why phenomenology as practiced by Bachelard, though a branch of philos
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Fatema Hassan , bahrain
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing


" جماليات المكان "
للفيلسوف الفرنسي / غاستون باشلار
ترجمة / غالب هلسا

عندما يخرج رجل فلسفة العلوم من جلده ليوقظ عالم تغلب عليه سباته و نسي أن كل المادية التي يتعاطى معها ( بحكم اعتياده عليها ) لازالت تحمل بُعد فني غامض يحتاج لفلسفة مُلحّة تبرز فنيته و التي تُغني ماديته بدورها ، هذا البُعد - المادي - موجود -فينا- لكن توقف نموه بعد الدهشة الأولى التي لازمتنا حين التعرف عليه والاحتكاك به أول مرة، باشلار بعينه الناقدة و ثنائية التفقه الشعري و نزعة التفسير الفلسفية المحايدة يدلنا على سبب تغيير توجهه ال
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ઈiavasĦ
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
باشلار خانه را استعاره ای میخواند از «خود» با تمامی زوایا وحاشیه¬هایش. خانه گریزگاه رویاپرداز است و به او اجازه میدهد در آرامش به تخیلات خود شکل دهد. او در تجزیه و تحلیل پدیدارشناسی فضا با اشاره به خصوصیات فیزیکی ِ بنا میکوشد اجزای یک خانه از زیرزمین تا اتاق زیرشیروانی را منطبق بر الگوی ضمیر انسان تفسیر کند. بدین ترتیب خانه هم پرورده و هم زادگاه خیالات اوست. به قول بارت معماری هم رویاست هم عملکرد هم بیان یک آرمان و هم وسیله ی راحتی. خانه در تعبیر رویا نماد «خود» است. خودی زمانمند برآمده از گذشته ...more
Seham Al-Mutairi .
إن كنت سأتحدّث عن هذا الكتاب، عليّ أولاً: أن أقوم بعدَّ المرّات التي انتشيت فيها. عليّ هذا، قسرًا. كان أوّل كتاب مع باشلار. إذ إني لم أكنّ أعرف عنه مسبقًا إلاّ بضع اقتباسات، والتي كنتُ استحسنها في موضعها ولم أبادر ولو لمرّة، بالتعرّف إليه، إلاّ عندما ذكره أحد الرفاق "أقول هذا: بامتنان بالغ".
كانت البداية مبهمة، لأنّه يحتاج إلى قليلاً من الجهد حتّى تستطيع استيعاب ما يحاول قوله، لكن هذا في البداية فقط، مع الفصول يتماهى هذا الشعور! ويبدأ الاستمتاع عندما يتخلل بفلسفته إلى كلّ رواية، قصيدة، رسالة ويو
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طَيْف
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

مع أول كتاب أقرأه لباشلار، أجد نفسي في عالم قرائي فلسفي فكريّ جديد، أتعرف عليه للمرة الأولى ويجذبني إليه، وإن استعصى عليّ إدراك كل أركانه ومحتوياته...وأبحث عن مزيد من كتبه ومقولاته وأفكاره وآرائه...وأقرأ أكثر عن الظاهراتيّة ومفهومها عند باشلار، وكيف أسقطها على ما يحيط به، وعلى المكان تحديدا في هذا الكتاب

يعد باشلار واحداً من أهم الفلاسفة الفرنسيين ، وهناك من يقول أنه أعظم فيلسوف ظاهراتي ، فقد مثلت أفكاره إضافات مهمة للمنجز الفلسفي الظاهراتي، ولاسيما في حدود انشغاله بالمكان وتكشفاته القيمية والجما
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lisa_emily
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers with bookshelves for walls
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. This book, like others I have read of his, delves into the poetry of experience. In this book he approached space, as in the places that surround us and that we occupy. In the table of contents: The House: from cellar to garret; House & Universe; Drawers, Chests and Wardrobes; Nests; Shells; Corners; Miniature; Intimate Immensity; D ...more
Matt
Oct 04, 2007 rated it liked it
I can understand why so many people consider The Poetics of Space to be such an important book, but I found it rather uneven. The most interesting section, far and away, is the introduction. Bachelard begins the book by laying out his theory of the poetic image. Unlike metaphor, which is merely an intellectual comparison, the true poetic image causes a deep resonance in the reader. Upon glancing a poetic image for the home, for example, all of the homes of the reader's past well up in his imagi ...more
Clarence
Jun 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: theory
I definitely feel that I got stronger as a writer as a result of the time I put into reading this book. Bachelard claims to, and in most cases succeeds in, examining the "dialectical shadings" of all manner of things associated with home: cabinets, shelves, nooks, crannies, dressers and more. I appreciated the fluent mixing of psychoanalysis and lyrical criticism. My main beef with the book lies in what Bachelard seems to neglect: what about experiences of place that are marked by trauma? Not al ...more
Elie
Sep 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
My hopes for an intelligent reading of intimate and public spaces were squashed by Bachelard's constant quoting of Rilke and endless pages about snails in their shells. The constant comparisons between psychology, psychoanalysis and phenomenology became tedious as soon as I realized phenomenology would always win. I know this is a classic, but it read like a drunk man monopolizing conversation at dinner.
Khashayar Mohammadi
Though I've read this book a few times to capture the nuances of Bachelard's analyses, I still can't say I have a good grasp on the content to write a wholesome review worthy of its content.

All I can say as a layman, is that this book has helped me dismantle the topology of quite a few poems over the years. Topoanalysis has become a seminal aspect of my reading as well as my writing. I highly recommend this book to every writer who wishes to dismantle their childhood, because believe me when I s
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Abby
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“It is on the plane of the daydream and not on that of facts that childhood remains alive and poetically useful within us. Throughout this permanent childhood, we maintain the poetry of the past. To inhabit oneirically the house we were born in means more than to inhabit it in memory; it means living in this house that is gone, the way we used to dream in it.”

I have been waiting for years to read this little book. Finally, after acknowledging that my public library was probably never going to st
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Scott
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
It just goes to show that the transitive property of literary taste isn't very reliable. Michael Pollan liked this book; I like Michael Pollan's books; ergo, I'd like this book. Nope.

It wasn't Bachelard's preoccupation with psychoanalysis, although that hasn't aged very well -- the nattering on about psychoanalytical approaches to phenomenology sounded silly and smelled moldy, and was about as engaging as reading about phrenological approaches (actually, that might have been more interesting). E
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فاتن
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
للأسف قاومت مللي منه
وإملاله لي
فما استطعت
حاولت
فما نجحت

وحسبي أن تعرفت على علم جديد من الفلسفة
وهي الفلسفة الظاهراتية

لعلي في قابل الأيام إذا مدّ ربي في عمري أن أقرأ مثل هذه الكتب بشغف أكثر مما أنا عليه
Jericha
I do absolutely love this book, and it became in many ways a kind of manifesto for me. The reason I haven't given it the full 5 stars is simply that a good third of the writing remains essentially meaningless to me, even after a dozen rereadings. The things that work are SO wonderful, but I still can't make head or tail of phenomenology in general and plenty of this book in particular. What is marvelous about it, though, is that you don't need to understand most of it to get a great deal of plea ...more
Sunny
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, non-fiction
I thought this was an interesting book which started off well but I sort of lost interest in it near the end. Certainly worth a read as it’s not a massive book at all. The book is about space and the philosophy of it. As the book notes some of our fondest memories as with all things are placed in a physical space. If you feel nostalgic and think back to your days of youth there will often be a physical location or space that you associate with that memory. The books had chapters such as: the hou ...more
Lightsey
Sep 06, 2009 is currently reading it
So far, the major insight seems to be that in so far as we grow up in similar environments, we will have similar internal landscapes--and thus be susceptible to similar images. Ah. Well, it's nice to have a theory about the efficacy of poetic images, and it's a convincing theory.
But Bachelard's further investigation is proving a bit difficult for me. It's very very French, full of "we" and assumptions, and I find myself protesting at all this business about cellars and attics and how hurricanes
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Tedb0t
May 28, 2008 rated it liked it
I've never really decided how I really feel about this text. Part of me knows it's total bullshit but another part of me wants to believe in it and enjoy the ridiculous, quasi-academic frenchitude. Maybe they're not mutually exclusive ;)
Tommi
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating foray into the spatial quality of the human imagination. Renowned French philosopher abandons strictly critical thought in order to pursue a phenomenology of the intimate spaces we live in. This is accomplished mainly through examples from poetry, the corpus consisting primarily of French poets I have never read before. A sense of joy exudes from the text, as Bachelard examines cellars and attics (ch 1–2), drawers, chests and wardrobes (ch 3), nests (ch 4), shells (ch 5), corners ( ...more
Nick Swarbrick
I can see that many people who read this book found it life-changing. I'm afraid I wasn't one of them: from misunderstanding about how birds use nests to play around whether "in" suggests figurative language in the phrase "in his mind," I found it not only difficult but perversely whimsical. I am perfectly prepared to believe that I haven't read enough of this genre to appreciate the talent behind it.

Having said that, it is full of rich imagery and ideas that I found myself applying to my readi
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Josh Friedlander
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, philosophy, pomo
Bachelard was something of a polymath who began his career as a postman, taught himself physics and chemistry, and then became a philosophy professor at the Sorbonne. His thinking is suitably eclectic. 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 Brentano), but is best described as a meditation on poetry, and the connection between language and private spaces.

The influenc
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Hajar Alobaid
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it

إن النقطة الأساسية التي ينطلق منها باشلار هي أن البيت القديم، بيت الطفولة، هو مكان الألفة، و مركز تكييف الخيال. و عندنا نبتعد عنه نظل دائمًا مستعيد ذكراه، و نسقط على الكثير من مظاهر الحياة المادية ذلك الإحساس بالحماية و الأمن اللذين كان يوفّرهما لنا البيت.
إننا نعيش لحظات البيت من خلال الأدراج و الصناديق و الخزائن التي يسميها باشلار " بيت الأشياء "
العشّ، يبعث إحساسنا بالبيت لأنه يجعلنا نضع أنفسنا في أصل منبع الثقة بالعالم.

- هل كان العصفور يبني عشّه لو لم يكن يملك غرزة الثقة بالعالم؟
القوقعة تج
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Nina CW
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
”But we still have books, and they give our daydreams countless dwelling places.”

Though at times I felt completely inspired by Bachelard’s poetic interpretation of the imagination and the memories that inspire and move us to creative expression, I will say that this book as a whole is pretty abstract and long-winded. However, as a person who has at many times felt much more in tune with her dreams than with reality, it goes against everything in me to deny that this book has the capacity to insp
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Andrew
Jun 05, 2008 added it
Shelves: theeeeeeory
I'd read parts before, and had a somewhat more negative opinion. Despite the many, many assumptions that Bachelard goes into the book with, it remains valuable. First off, he spatializes Bergsonian ideas, which helps to organize a spatial narrative. Second, he unifies philosophy and poetics, yielding a dual method that proves more effective than either individually. If you choose to read the book as a subjective experience rather than as a comprehensive, philosophical work, than it turns out to ...more
Peter Aronson
This book, despite its popularity with architects, is just what it says on the label: it is about the experience of poetic images of place. It is also a very French book, and not just all of France even, as it doesn't really deal with the sea or the coast, but rather with the plain and forest and the city. Its poets are almost all French, and its images are the same. I live in the American Southwest, and images of basements and attics and forests don't speak to my home. Bachelard does mention th ...more
Kim
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: imaginal-space
Magical and inspiring... and so appropriate for teachers because teaching is all about creating space.

Here's what I wrote in my blog www.kimhermanson.com about creating space in teaching:
Teaching for me is all about creating deep, fertile environments for learning. In fact, I have learned that being able to create rich space is way more important than any subject matter expertise that I may have. So if space is so important, why do we continue to focus on the specifics--the subject, the facts,
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Quiver
To dream about space, is to read this book. My love for phenomenology started here.


At the level of the poetic image, the duality of subject and object is iridescent, shimmering, unceasingly active in its inversions. In this domain of the creation of the poetic image by the poet, phenomenology, if one dare to say so, is a microscopic phenomenology. ... The image, in its simplicity, has no need of scholarship. It is the property of a naïve consciousness; in its expression, it is youthful language
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Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
اتسهوتني فلسفة باشلار كثيرا.. أو بالأحرى أعجبني اسلوب طرحه للأفكار الجمالية كثيرا، كون الكاتب يسرد كتابه بأسلوب ظاهراتي لم أقرأ له مثيل من قبل وجعلني استميل لقراءة كتبه الأخرى بكل تاكيد!
Vivian
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"A phenomenologist...takes the image just as is, just as the poet created it, and tries to make it his own, to feed on this rare fruit. He brings the image to the very limit of what he is able to imagine. However far from being a poet he may be, he tries to repeat its creation for himself and, if possible, continue its exaggeration."

This book should be taken and appreciated and feasted on in a similar fashion.
Walter Schutjens
“Daydream transports the dreamer outside the immediate world to a world that bears the mark of infinity.”

This book made me love poetry (I cannot say all the more), as Bachelard analyzed the subtleties of the human imagination in the creation of a poetic image, or as he calls it "a reverberation of the soul". This was done through the use of a phenomenological technique, combined with a deeply critical psychoanalytic review of the human mind on the comprehension of objects in space. Bachelard the
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Sarah Al-Mutlaq
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ـ"اننا نريح أنفسنا من خلال ان نعايش مرة اخرى ذكريات الحماية...لسنا مؤرخين، بل نحن أقرب إلى الشعراء، وقد تكون انفعالاتنا ليست إلا تعبير عن الشعر الذي فقدناه"
"إن أماكن لحظات عزلتنا الماضية، والأماكن التي عانينا فبها من الوحدة، والتي تألفنا مع الوحدة فيها، تظل راسخة في داخلنا، لأننا نرغب في ان تبقئ كذلك"

غاستون باشلارد


Sarah
Aug 24, 2016 marked it as unfinished
Shelves: 2018
A bit twee. You can't be this sentimental and take yourself this seriously. Even when I appreciated his insights, Bachelard's voice had me slightly annoyed. I have to return this to the library soon. For God's sake, stop nattering on about tablecloths.
Jimmy Ele
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Silence.....as I enter into it.....the absence of sound allows for the infinite creative potentialities to seep through into our emergent existence. To understand silence, to understand space is to understand the emergent infinite plane.

Indulgence in this book will transport you back to the days of childhood in which the house we grew up in acted as the second womb. These intimate spaces, the house, the cellar, the basement etc. affect our psyche in hitherto unexplored ways. The poets throughou
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رانيـــــا .. Rania
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
( طبقاً لتجارب علماء النفس يستحيل أن نفكر بحرف العلة " آه " دون ان تتوتر الحبال الصوتية فالحرف " آه " في كلمة واسع يقف وحيداً ، مترفعاً بقيمته .. )
لم يعلموا هؤلاء عن اسم ربي " الله " كم تعطي راحة نفسية و عمق للروح .. سبحان الله

( المحارة بقوقعتها الصلبة و الحيوان الطري الذي في داخلها هي رمز القدماء الى الإنسان جسداً و روحاً ، لقد استعمل القدماء القوقعة كرمز للجسد الإنساني الذي يحيط الروح بغلاف خارجي ، بينما الروح التي تنشط الجسد كله تتمثل بالرخوية ولهذا قالوا ان الجسد يموت عندما تغادره الروح مث
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Noor
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
أغراني العنوان و النبذة المختصرة عن الكتاب ... تفائلت ب أن يكون كتاب متعلق ب علم الاجتماع العمراني ... عن جمالية العناصر العمرانية و المكانية و أثرها على الإنسان والعكس .... و لكنه في الحقيقة كتاب فلسفي محض يختص في تحليل العبارات الشعرية التي تتعرض للأمكنة و تفسير هذه الكتابات كنوع من أحلام اليقظة ( الخيال ) التي تحرضها أرواح الامكنة و الذكريات و التركيز على مكامن الالفة و الدفء فيها بالاضافة الى تفاعل القراء معها ... كل ذلك بطريقة فلسفية غير عادية ل عدم اعتمادها على العقل و المنطق و التحليل الن ...more
Susan
Aug 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
I spent a lazy day on Cape Breton, swinging in a hammock beside a still, lily-covered pond, reading the Poetics of Space twice in a row. I read parts of this in grad school for a paper on Moby Dick, and had always wanted to get back to it. Bachelard comes across as such a genial old grandpa--somebody from the ancien regime before all the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, not too hip to all of this newfangled feminist stuff, but a charming and cultured old guy who you can tell loved his mother and ...more
Reuben
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: male, french, sui-generis
Bachelard starts The Poetics of Space with a reference to the poetic image: "The image, in its simplicity, has no need of scholarship. It is the property of a naive consciousness; in its expression, it is youthful language." He goes on to say that "On whatever theoretical horizon we examine it, the house image would appear to have become the topography of our intimate being." Ok, but how?

"[I]f I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters daydreaming, the
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Sam
This is a really interesting book, from the phenomenological perspective, about space. I don't know much about phenomenology, but how Bachelard talked about interior spaces (which are the focus of the work) was really engaging. The work was digressive, but not difficult to follow. In particular, I enjoyed the chapters about houses. I also appreciated the importance he attributed to poetry.

“The poet speaks on the threshold of being” (xii).

And all the spaces of our past moments of solitude, the sp
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Christin
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. As an adult pairing to my favorite childhood book "The Little Princess," by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this book similarly relishes its own reveries as rich ends unto themselves while also examining the important inversions of the poetic image as sustenance. Which is a strong assumption at the foundation of this book, giving i ...more
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Gaston Bachelard was a French philosopher who rose to some of the most prestigious positions in the French academy. His most important work is on poetics and on the philosophy of science. To the latter he introduced the concepts of epistemological obstacle and epistemological break (obstacle épistémologique et rupture épistémologique). He influenced many subsequent French philosophers, among them ...more
“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” 179 likes
“Rilke wrote: 'These trees are magnificent, but even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them, as though with their growth it too increased.” 132 likes
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