Sunday, February 21, 2010

Silence...after silence.

"And so faced with these periods of solitude, the topoanalyst starts to ask questions: Was the room a large one? How, too, in these fragments of space, did the human being achieve silence? How did he relish the very special silence of the various retreats of solitary day-dreaming?" Bachelard, writing in The Poetics of Space, creates an assistant for psychonalysis: the topoanalyst who specialises in the relationship between intimacy and space, the rooms of memory in which private acts are inhibited and re-lived. Silence characterises these spaces. Bachelard looks beyond biography (the obsession of our current times...and novels based on time-bound narrative) to a deeper level of experience and writing, insisting that Hermeticism and Hermeneutics must embody more than "conjuctive temporal tissue". As a discipline, it should speculate upon "the spaces of our intimacy". Six weeks of silence has created many intimate thoughts and feelings.


Shropshirelad said...

Eshu- You have been missed. We all get a little Trappist-monkish now and then: individuals and civilizations.

Rarely do we find writers who can speak so well for both.

Glad to have you back.


Eshuneutics said...

Greetings, Shropshire Lad, I don't know if this silence produced enlightenment or not...I'm more accustomed to having my say in life: could settle for silence though...for a little while!

Harlequin said...

yes, this was beautiful! strangely enough, I have finished a project recently with a writing collective on silence in teaching and, even though the contexts are not as "intimately " connected, I do notice resonances. A colleague of mine is also interested in space ballet and architectural phenomenology, and the notion of space you have conveyed here is striking a chord with me on that front as well.

Nice to read your words.

Eshuneutics said...

Thank you for reading Harlequin. I'm pleased that you heard resonances. I found your comment intriguing indeed. All the best to you.