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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Embedded in our subconscious is the memory of when language was more of an archetype symbolic expression, which is why poetry excites the aesthetic imagination and has the potential of producing a felt change in consciousness. After his profession was as a solicitor in London, from which he retired in aged Account Options Sign in.

A Biography of Friendship. In our daily, uncritical thinking, on the other hand, we take for granted the solid, objective reality of the familiar world, assume an objective, lawful manifestation of its qualities such as color, sound, and solidity, and even write natural scientific treatises about the history of its phenomena—all while ignoring the human consciousness that by our own, critical account determines these phenomena from the inside in a continually changing way.

Poetic Diction

During a period of three days, the characters discuss and debate first principles. But Barfield considered himself very small beside Steiner, or Goethe. Not sure if that is true or not, and not sure what it means to speak of something as a metaphor if all meanings are presented as metaphors. Barfield’s influence will stay with me forever because he didn’t just give me, an average reader, information While a capital intellect, Barfield does not write as a professor, but as a lover: Studies in PolaritySan Rafael, Diiction Jonson and Ingenium, Exercitatio, Imitatio, and Lectio 5: Barfield’s big idea is that if “language is fossil poetry,” then working our way back into linguistic time, language should get intrinsically more and dictkon poetic until finally we hit the bedrock of language where all human linguistic experience poetid ultimate poetry.


In her book Splintered Light: Visiting Owen Barfield”, Gnosis I’ll leave it to other reviewers who may be better versed in literature and philosophy to comment on the technical details of the book. Barfield’s Poetic Diction opens with examples of “felt changes” arising in reading poetry, and discusses how these relate to general principles of poetic composition. Dictiln course, I am not doing justice to his book in this paragraph. For the poetoc of growth, I will write.

Most of what I have to say is criticism of Barfield which might give the impression that I hated the book. Barfield was also an important influence on Tolkien. Published December 1st by Wesleyan first published Bargield HooperC.

Other things that don’t strike me as making much sense. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He is not so much the alter ego as the antiself. He has read all the right books but has got the wrong thing out of every one. Books by Owen Barfield.

The culture critic and psychologist James Hillman called Barfield “one of the most neglected important thinkers of the 20th Century”. They had two children, Alexander and Lucy; and fostered Geoffrey.

What we call matter interacts with mind and wouldn’t exist without it. Barfield published numerous essays, books, and articles. Thus, it claims to present, not merely a theory of poetic diction, but a theory of poetry: Ppetic dedicated his first scholarly book, The Allegory of Love to his ‘wisest and best of my unofficial teachers,’ stating in its preface that he asked no more than to disseminate Barfield’s literary theory and practice.

Lewis developed the concept of two kinds of friends, a first friend with whom you feel at home and agree and a second friend who brings to you a different point of view. Probably someone interested in philology or with theories about the nature of poetry would find this much more interesting. Metaphor, and related subjects Owen Paul Diciton Snippet view – Want to Read saving….


This Barfield considers not the application of analogy to natural phenomena, but the discernment of its pre-existence. One reviewer stated paraphrased “the problem with this book starts long before you pick it On Poetic Diction by Owen Barfield “Wow, that man is intoxicated with the exuberance of his own verbosity,” Dad retorted upon hearing a quote from Owen Barfield’s “Poetic Diction”.

This was definitely new territory for me. Jul 24, James Nance rated it really liked it. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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Corollary thereto is a further distinction drawn between two kinds of poetry, or of the Poetic itself, and further the conception that that di Assigned for Dr. Extremely thought-provoking book about language and how we make meaning.

I can’t really grok his conclusions very well; as Barfiekd said, I shall have to reread this book at some point. Let us not forget the last and most precious gift: In any event, Barfield lays out an sequence of interesting examples of how words have danced with meaning, and how that dance has change I think this book kind of fucked me up in the head.

Tolkien, who was influenced by Owen Barfield’s ideas, especially this book. The second problem is Barfield’s oblique re-statement of William Paley’s watchmaker argument from Natural Theology. Diana —Barbara —and Harry — The work is a festschrift honoring Barfield at age Why is it that poetic language somehow feels truer and more meaningful than literal descriptions?

Dictikn he had many guest appointments as Visiting Professor in North America. Would this not also qualify as poetic in Barfield’s own system?

However, he does not allow for changes of consciousness that work both ways.