Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
The author, Gaston Bachelard, spent the majority of his career as a scientist concerned with logic and concrete reality. Later in life he came to realize that the poetic imagination is a different reality that is not subject to reasoning. Today's lesson explores the differences between scientific reality and poetic imagination and Bachelard's motivation for shifting focus.
1) Class Discussion: What is the nature of scientific study? Why, according to Bachelard, is the scientific method inadequate for exploration of the poetic imagination?
2) Small Group Discussion: Why is the poetic image not subject to reasoning?
3) Short Essay: Does Bachelard's shift in focus indicate a rejection of his earlier work? Why or why not?
4) Homework: Research and briefly summarize the career of Gaston Bachelard. What seems to be the reason behind his shift in interest to study of poetic imagination, later in life?
Lesson 2 (from Introduction)
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