Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Utopias - 3

" Sometimes we find ourselves in the presence of a form that guides and encloses our earliest dreams. For a painter a tree is composed in its roundness. But a poet continues that dream from higher up. He knows that when a thing becomes isolated, it becomes round, assumes a figure of being that is concentrated upon itself. In Rilke's Poèmes francais, this is how the walnut tree lives and commands attention. Here, again around a lone tree, which is the centre of a world, the dome of the sky becomes round, in accordance with the rule of cosmic poetry."

     Gaston Bachelard  -  the Phenomenology of Roundness  - 

                      the Poetics of Space  ( 1958)