The Poetics of Space Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

As mentioned in "Introduction," discuss the distinct viewpoints of The Poet and The Phenomenologist (capitalized to indicate their stature as characters of type in "The Poetics of Space"), as contrasted with Bachelard's own former identity, the scientist?

Essay Topic 2

What is the ontology, or beingness, of a poetic image? Why does Bachelard choose to consider only the poetic image in the scope of "The Poetics of Space," even though he acknowledges that it is the least significant part of a poem?

Essay Topic 3

Why is the ability to imagine a major power of human nature? How is an imagined poetic image different from the things surrounding us that can be seen?

Essay Topic 4

In the view of a phenomenologist, how does an individual inhabit his vital space? What is the anthropo-cosmology of a space?

Essay Topic 5

Discuss Bachelard's view of cellars and cellar fears as described...

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