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The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
Etymologically, the word poetry derives from the ancient Greek poïesis (meaning to create or bring forth) and so we might think of a poetics as the creative force or evocative content of an object or an activity.
In this vein, Bachelard (a mailman turned chemist turned chair of the Philosophy of Science at the Sorbonne) walks us through an examination of how the places we inhabit shape us, from the symbolic power of the hermit’s hut (with its values of solitude, humility and warmth) to the interplay of attics, childhood, and recollection.
This is not an easy book, at times collapsing under the weight of dense jargon (skip the introduction) but it remains one of my most favorite and influential reads. Your effort will be richly rewarded.