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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Of course, I am not doing justice to his book in this paragraph. Lewis was a good friend of Barfield sinceand termed Barfield “the best and wisest of my unofficial teachers”.

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” dicton you are, with him, mocking. Lists with This Book. Anyone who is familiar with the teleological argument against evolution by natural selection can see that Barfield’s arguments here are a close cousin in the linguistic domain.

Retrieved from ” https: Sitting with a man’s organized, compelling thoughts makes the reader want to organize their own.

Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning by Owen Barfield

Tennyson suggests the relation: Otherwise I found the book engaging and thought-provoking in a way that transcended the seemingly straightforward subject matter. Tennyson may have meant the analogy to suggest influence, rather than relative stature. It loses you occasionally, because Barfield is carrying on philological debates with men nobody’s heard of today, but in his time were apparently influential.


Compare Barfield’s descriptions of how poetic language degenerates over time to creationists assertions of genetic degeneration. Eliot who called Barfield’s book Worlds Apart “a journey into seas of thought very far from ordinary routes of intellectual shipping.

Barfield argues that the evolution of nature is inseparable from the evolution of consciousness. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning

For the promise of growth, I will write. Views Read Edit View history. More unique, perhaps, than the flourish of his own dialectic journey is the subtle distribution of tools he gives you along the way to obtain your own summits with the words and poems that move you.

Aug 11, Emartinez rated it it was amazing. The oldest languages poeric can point to are unlikely to be truly early languages at all. 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. How can he be so nearly right and yet, invariably, just not right? Probably someone interested in philology or with theories about the nature of poetry would find this much dcition interesting.


I will return to this book in the future, and I believe there is badfield extraordinary amount of treasure to found here. Retrieved 20 May Barfield was a member of the “Inklings,” whatever that means, and this book is right up there with Tolkien and Lewis in its own way.

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Tolkien, who was influenced by Owen Barfield’s ideas, especially this book. Barfield was instrumental in converting Lewis to theism during the early period of their friendship which they affectionately called ‘The Great War’. Thereafter he had many guest appointments as Visiting Professor in North America. Using poetic examples, he attempts to demonstrate how the imagination works with words and metaphors to create meaning.

Lewis met in as students at Oxford University barvield were close friends for 44 years. Of course he shares your interests; otherwise he would not become your friend at all.

As well as being friend and teacher to Lewis, Barfield was his legal adviser and trustee. His primary focus was on what he called the “evolution of consciousness,” which is an idea which occurs frequently in his writings.

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