“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.”, this is what the philosopher Gaston Bachelard maintains in his book The Poetics of Space, which explains how poetic imagination is influenced by space. Inspired by the environments described in literary works, Bachelard analyses the emotions evoked by spaces, from a house’s structure to its inner spaces, its furnishings. These images have the power to arise a sense of identification in the reader, as well as make him/her feel his poetic power.
A house shelters us from external threats, it reflects our self, it evokes our sense of belonging. It’s the place where we play our most private game, but it is also the tool we employ when we practice the art of hospitality. A house can arouse our creativity, so much so as to turn us into poets.
Will being confined to our home change our relationship with it?
During this time of forced seclusion, our home is a magic enclosure, a marked-off space within which we move according to precise rules, similar to a playing field we cannot be expelled from.
Maybe this is a good chance to let our home inspire us, to try and create poetic images that we can cherish and use as a starting point to re-organise our future life and to promote new ways of living together, working and relating with the world that houses us.