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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The only way to infer the truth of 2 from 1 is to assume a priori that older is better. Poetry, for Barfield, is a quality of language: I had just completed it on the plane ride over to visit with them and I was quite pleased with myself. I enjoyed it a lot more my second time through.

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I understand the emotions, but he’s just taken things too far. He makes an example of the word “ruin” – its poetic etymology, if you will, what it came to mean as poets breathed the electricity of creative meaning into it.

I don’t really like Charles Williams. It made me wish I had the means or, more honestly, the patience to learn and appreciate languages that function differently than my own.

Owen Barfield – Wikipedia

Barfield might be characterised as both a Christian writer and a learned anti-reductionist writer. For the love of words, I will write. Barfield, son of Alexander. He rightly discusses poetry in terms of “a felt change in consciousness” that is accessible to us only through internal reflection.


I didn’t read all of this book poteic thoroughly as I This was a fascinating little book that made me think a lot about different topics that I hadn’t thought about all that much before. 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.

Language IS fossilized metaphor.

Poetic Diction

Man and Meaningco-produced and written by G. Barfield’s notion of final participation the idea of a fully conscious participative unity with nature brought to the Inklings ideas similar to those later expounded by others as Baarfield Orthodoxywith its long theological history. He also praises the use of archaic language and strange diction to do so.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in: Lewis wrote to Barfield in around about his influence on Tolkien: Lockeā€”no innate ideas all from senses He also plays fast and loose with linguistics. Other things that don’t strike me as making much sense.

Lovejoy’s Great Chain of Being But it quickly expands into eiction exploration of how we know things, and the shape of reality as a whole. A difficult book, written for those of a classical education that as a barfeld matter doesn’t exist anymore.

This was a fascinating little book that made me think a lot about different topics that I hadn’t thought about all that much before.

Retrieved from ” https: Arthur Owen Barfield poetkc a British philosopher, author, poet, and critic. Compare Barfield’s descriptions of how poetic language degenerates over time to creationists assertions of genetic degeneration.

Dec 03, Dan’l Danehy-oakes rated it really liked it. This part of Barfield’s literary work includes the book The Case for Anthroposophy containing his Introduction to selected extracts from Steiner’s Riddles of the Soul. And I wonder if the fact that I seemed to have discovered, or rather to be discovering, these thing for myself, mainly by pondering the felt difference to which I have referred, may not have imparted a certain energy that accounts for its having apparently outlasted some other books by men who knew a great deal more both of literature and of the history of ideas” Afterword, They had two children, Alexander and Lucy; and fostered Geoffrey.


The work is a festschrift honoring Barfield at age A Study of Owen Barfield SteinerBooks,Albert Linderman presents Barfield’s work in light of recent societal examples and scholarship while writing for an audience less familiar with philosophical categories and history.

Barfield’s Worlds Apart is one of his most important books.

That much I agree with. Poetic Dictionfirst published inbegins by asking why we call a given grouping of words “poetry” and why these arouse “aesthetic imagination” and produce pleasure in a receptive reader.

Most of what I have to say is criticism of Barfield which might give the impression that I hated the book. Both are ‘real’ or ‘unreal’ depending on the meaning of real; that this changes over time in human thought is exactly Barfield’s point.

Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning

Views Read Edit View history. In contrast, the phenomenal, or familiar, world is said to be riddled with our subjectivity. Owen Barfield has truly written a philosophical and literary masterpiece. He does not promise more and then elude you of it. I will return to this book in the future, and I believe there is an extraordinary amount of treasure to found here.

Of course he shares your interests; otherwise he would not become your friend at all. Barfield was also an influence on T.