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    DescriptionIn this, his last significant work, an admired French philosopher provides extraordinary meditations on the relations between the imagining consciousness and the world, positing the notion of "reverie" as its most dynamic point of reference. In his earlier book, "The Poetics of Space, "Bachelard considered several kinds of "praiseworthy space" conducive to the flow of poetic imagery. In "Poetics of Reverie "he considers the absolute origins of that imagery: language, sexuality, childhood, the Cartesian ego, and the universe. Approaching the psychology of wonder from the phenomenological viewpoint, Bachelard demonstrates the aurgentative "potential "of all that awareness. Thus he distinguishes what is merely a phenomenon of relaxation from the kind of reverie which "poetry puts on the right track, the track of expanding consciousness"


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    Title
    The Poetics of Reverie
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gaston Bachelard
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 212
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780807064139
    ISBN 10: 0807064130
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    LC classification: B829.5 .B313, B829.5.B31
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    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Beacon Press
    Imprint name
    Beacon Press
    Publication date
    01 March 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Boston, MA
    Author Information
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1963) is the author of" The Poetics of Space," "The Psychoanalysis of Fire," and "The New Scientific Spirit"
    Review text
    Although Bachelard, who died at the age of seventy-nine in 1962, is considered the father of the French new critics, his work is both too bizarre and homespun to bear much relationship with the diagrammatic works of Barthes, Richard, and Starobinski. A professor of the natural sciences and philosophy, Bachelard incorporated these disciplines in his meditations on literature, where the four elements, earth, water, fire, and air, are seen as embodying the creative temperament as well as the basic forms of life: childhood, for instance, "is a human water, a water which comes out of the shadows," the misty world of the emerging personality, while fire is a generative emblem, expressing sexual potency and affectivity. As John Weightman has noted, "Bachelard's attraction is that he proposes an optimistic hygiene, which seems to be within everyone's scope, and is directly concerned with the intangibles of aesthetic experience," so that while his works are a series of phenomenological investigations ("to vibrate phenomenologically" is his goal), amid all the subtle disquisitions on cosmological and metaphysical themes he stresses "all those sensations of depth, shape, movement, texture, color, etc., which go to make up a harmonious relationship with the outside world," often preferring rusticity to the modern conveniences. Bachelard's style - oracular, pacific, paradoxical (poetry is "a sublimation which doesn't sublimate anything") - is anathema to the Anglo-Saxon mind; and The Poetics of Reverie is an in-process attempt at a new way of approaching literature ("the reading of poets is essentially reverie"), erudite, richly suggestive, but vaporous in meaning. (Kirkus Reviews)