process imagining

gastonbachelard

The voyage into distant worlds of the imaginary truly conducts a dynamic psyche only if it takes the shape of a voyage into the land of the infinite. In the realm of imagination, every immanence takes on a transcendence.

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the reverberation, in spite of its derivative name, has a simple phenomenological nature in the domain of poetic imagination. For it involves bringing about a veritable awakening of poetic creation, even in the soul of the reader, through the reverberation of a single poetic image. By its novelty, a poetic image sets in motion the entire linguistic mechanism. The poetic image places us at the origin of the speaking being.

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Of the transformations of dream we barely retain the intermediate stages. And yet it is this transformation, these transformations that make oneiric space the very seat of imagined moments.

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...habit is the exact antithesis of the creative imagination. The habitual image obstructs imaginative powers.

As a note, this is far different than Bachelard's use of the motion of an image. The habitual image is the image that comes from the same form, and thus the repetition is sameness. Bachelard, like Nietzsche, seeks the images difference, and thus its motion.

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I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young. And the words wander away, looking in the nooks and crannies of vocabulary for new company, bad company.

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the poetic image is not subject to an inner thrust. It is not an echo of the past. On the contrary: through the brilliance of an image, the distant past resounds with echoes, and it is hard to know at what depth these echos will reverberate and die way. Because of its novelty and action, the poetic image has an entity and a dynamism of its own; it is preferable to a direct ontology.

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An idea, in short, cannot be imagined... Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past...the poetic imagination for its part has no history at all. It admits of no past preparation. The poetic image is truly the work of a spoken instant, an instant one will fail to grasp in the attempt to plot it against the untorn and untearable continuity of Bergsonian consciousness. To pick up on all of the surprises in poetic language it is necessary that one give oneself over to kaleidoscopic consciousness.

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all we communicate to others is an orientation towards what is secret without ever being able to tell the secret objectively. What is secret never has total objectivity. In this respect, we orient oneirism but we do not accomplish it.

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