Orig. pub. as La flamme d'une chandelle by Presses Universitaires, France, c1961. Trans. by Joni Caldwell.
Symbolism of Light : p63-74.. Jung, Carl Gustav. 1875-1961 : see index.. Plants (In Religion, Folklore, etc.) : p42-62.. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von. 1749-1832 : see index.
Foreword. Preface. 1 Candles and their past. 2 The solitude of the candle dreamer. 3 The verticality of flames. 4 Poetic images of the flame in plant life. 5 The light of the lamp. Epilogue
'...continues Bachelard's probe into poetic inspiration using the four elements--earth, water, air, and fire. Here he emphasizes the more gentle, more radiant aspects of fire: the flame as light and soothing warmth...Life cannot exist in the imagination without the image of fire as flame, Bachelard insists: "What is called Life in creation is, in all forms and in all beings, one and the same spirit, a single flame."'