Thursday, March 26, 2009
Poetics of Space Chapter 4 "Nests"
Bachelard, in chapter 4, talks about the linkages of the home and the shelter of an animal. We are similar in nature since we both take refuge in our comfortable places - like a burrow or a hole - and hide from the frightening or unpleasant things on the outside. A nest can make us think of a comfortable place in our childhood or a place we would have liked to have known in our childhood. Not everyone has memories and safe memories and feelings from their childhood, but the idea of a nest that is protective to an animal speaks to the idea that we can imagine what kind of refuge we would have liked to have had as a child. "...in a garden, we grow more attached to a tree inhabited by birds." We feel more of an attachment to something as static as a tree or shell if there is a living thing occupying it. Our refuge is our safe place where we can feel secure and sure of ourselves.