First published in , ‘Poetic Diction: A study in Meaning’ presents not merely a Praise for Owen Barfield: “A prolific and interesting thinker” – Times Literary. Title, Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning. Author, Owen Barfield. Edition, 2. Publisher, Faber & Faber, Length, pages. Export Citation, BiBTeX EndNote. Returning always to this personal experience of poetry, Owen Barfield at the same time seeks objective standards of criticism and a theory of poetic diction in .

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Well, let me take a step back. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Barfield points out that the “real” world of physics and particles is completely different from the world we see and live in of things with properties.

His primary focus was on what he called the “evolution of consciousness,” which is an idea which occurs frequently in his writings. For a minute, you are invited to escape into his ivory tower, sipping some brandy in a smoking jacket with him, perhaps, until you realize you are the culprit of this same “lesser” that you are, with him, mocking.

But as I understand it, that is by no means the only direction of language change and is by no means a one-way street. Applying Barfield’s logic to the actual fossil record rather than the linguistic fossil recordwe would expect the barfieldd of life to keep the “essence” tangible, let’s call it DNA shall we Thus the four stars.

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Then I kept seeing Barfield’s name and I found out that lots of people were deeply influenced by his thinking and not just his close friend and the person to whom this book is dedicated, C.


For Barfield this is not just literary criticism: A Study of Owen Barfield SteinerBooks,Albert Linderman presents Poeitc work in light of recent societal examples and scholarship while writing for an audience less familiar with philosophical categories and history. But Barfield’s greater agenda is “a study of meaning”.

Barfield’s sense of inadequacy Tennyson; David LaveryBen Levin, ed. He unashamedly states that he will prove the underlying truths about poetry by offering a critique from his own experiences.

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At any rate the book is brief, intriguing, but at times a bit obtuse. I found this book by researching J. Walter HooperC. Paired with my old professor’s exhortations to not leave a sentence you have not fallen in love with, I am enriched with more tools of love and satisfaction. Poetic Dictionfirst published inbegins by asking why we call a given grouping of words “poetry” and barfiedl these arouse “aesthetic imagination” and produce pleasure in a receptive reader.

Refresh and try again. Poeyic understand the emotions, but he’s just taken things too far. Lewis one day made the mistake of referring to philosophy as “a subject. Jan 11, Bill poetix it it was amazing. One thing I found interesting was that while extolling the virtue of the poetic, Barfield did not denigrate the need for the prosaic.

Eliot who called Barfield’s book Worlds Apart “a journey into seas of thought very far from ordinary routes of intellectual shipping.

For the prospect of someday having something worth saying, I will write today so that when I am old, I will be able to say it. Dec ddiction, Jeremy rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 22, Michael Fitzpatrick rated it it was amazing.


Yes indeed, Barfield attempts all that, nor am I ambitious enough to summarize the theory of poetry that he takes pages to unfold. Harold Bloom, describing Poetic Dictionreferred to it as “a wonderful book, from which I keep learning a great deal”. I enjoyed it a lot more my second time through. Nov 15, Carl rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He’s writing about poetry, but he writes about everything, really, up to and including philosophy of science.

When words are selected and arranged in such a way that their dictiom either arouses, or is obviously intended to arouse, aesthetic imagination, the result barrield be described as poetic diction This book is heady stuff, but I thought it was an interesting read.

Lewis wrote his book The Bardield, the Witch and the Wardrobethe first Narnia chronicle, for his friend’s adopted daughter Lucy Barfield and dedicated it to her.

Indeed, Barfield eschews discussion of things like rhyme, alliteration, and so on, except passim in service of other birds he is hunting. Sing it with me: There is a lot in this book that I don’t understand, particularly as it relates to poetry and philology. He shows how the imagination of the poet creates new meaning, and how this same process has been active, throughout human experience, to create and continuously expand language. That Barfield did not consider philosophy merely intellectually is illustrated by a well-known interchange that took place between Lewis and Barfield.