Gaston Bachelard

1884 - 1962

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, poetry, consciousness, writing, and composition

The reverie we intend to study is poetic reverie. This is a reverie which poetry puts on the right track, the track an expanding consciousness follows. This reverie is written, or, at least, promises to be written. It is already facing the great universe of the blank page. Then images begin to compose and fall into place.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 6

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on senses, harmony, reverie, poetry, and consciousness

All the senses awaken and fall into harmony in poetic reverie. Poetic reverie listens to this polyphony of the senses, and the poetic consciousness must record it.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 6

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on translation, description, and language

This word "description" may be disconcerting when used to refer to what is generally called a translation. But when one wishes to render a verbal creation (as opposed to a didactic statement) from one language to another, he is confronted with two equally unsatisfactory choices. He may, according to his talents, elaborate a similar, but never identical creation, or he may describe that creation as completely as possible in his own language.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: vi..vii

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on poetry and thinking

One doesn't read poetry while thinking of other things.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 4

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on empiricism, description, subject, and object

Empirical description involves enslavement to the object by decreeing passivity on the part of the subject.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 4

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on intention, poetry, imagination, soul, and consciousness

It is through the intentionality of poetic imagination that the poet's soul discovers the opening of consciousness common to all true poetry.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 5

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on psychic, phenomena, reverie, time, attention, memory, real, and unreal

Reverie is commonly classified among the phenomena of psychic detente. It is lived out in a relaxed time which has no linking force. Since it functions with inattention, it is often without memory. It is a flight from out of the real that does not always find a consistent unreal world.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 5

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on words and world

The words of the world want to make sentences.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on adulthood, life, poets, and world

Childhood lasts all through life. It returns to animate broad sections of adult life. . . . Poets will help us to find this living childhood within us, this permanent, durable immobile world.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on books, imagination, and literature

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

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