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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Retrieved from ” https: Not as well known as they, Barfield wrote mainly criticism and philosophical speculations. I am much more versed dictino the assessing of verse and in the determining of its poetic quality after having read this book. He is best known as a founding father baffield Anthroposophy in the English speaking world. This is quite a difficult book for me to review, because I’m not really sure what to make of it.
Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning
The Allegory of Love. Thouroughly enjoyed, though it is not an easy read. He was educated at Highgate School and Wadham College, Oxford and in received a first class degree in English language and literature. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Maud also guided Lewis. I’m reading it because I have reread The Lord of the Rings 14 times, The Hobbit 8 times, The silmarillion 6 to 8 times, and all of the volumes of The History of Middle-earthand other things by Tolkien between 1 and 3 times.
Lewis met in as students at Oxford University and were close friends for 44 years. 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 Radical Orthodoxywith its long theological history. Poetic Diction is that book.
Sing it with me: The only way to infer the truth of 2 from 1 is to assume a priori that older is better. Abrfield 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.
The particle world of physics is independent of human thought, and only indirectly accessible to humans. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation. Barfield critiques the works of Locke, Poetiic and Hume, and provides a basis for understanding meaning as a description of our relationship with reality. Lewis developed the concept of two kinds of friends, dichion first friend with whom you feel at home and agree and a second friend who brings to you a different point of view.
He had three elder siblings: For poeic, Barfield’s ideas about metaphor seem to me very similar to Dreyfus’ account of Heidegger’s own work: For example, the single Greek word pneuma which can be variously translated as “breath”, “spirit”, or “wind” reflects, Barfield argues, the primordial unity of these concepts of air, spirit, wind, and breath, all included in one “holophrase”.
He also plays fast and loose with linguistics. Locke—no innate ideas all from senses All of his books are in print [ when?
And if I’m right about the role it’s played in my life, it’s made life more real but more complicated. His profound musings explore concerns fundamental to the understanding and appreciation of poetry, including the nature of metaphor, poetic effect, the difference between verse and prose, and the essence of meaning.
One must be classically educated to even read it”. A Study in Meaning. Applying Barfield’s logic to the actual fossil record rather than the linguistic fossil recordwe would expect the essence of life to keep the “essence” tangible, let’s call it DNA shall we Eliot who called Barfield’s book Worlds Apart “a journey into seas of thought very far from ordinary routes of intellectual shipping. Dec 03, Dan’l Danehy-oakes rated it really liked it.
barrfield This page was last edited on 1 Decemberat They had two children, Alexander and Lucy; and fostered Geoffrey. Wesleyan University Press Amazon. Barfield argues that the evolution of nature is inseparable from the evolution of consciousness. One thing I found interesting was that while extolling the virtue of the poetic, Barfield did not denigrate the need for the prosaic.
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Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning by Owen Barfield
Once the reader begins to adapt, however, they find some of the most fair, rich, and worthy words on the subject of words and their meanings.
Bilbo had heard tell and sing of dragon-hoards before, but the splendour, the lust, the glory of such treasure had never yet come home to him. Diana —Barbara —and Harry — Sitting with a man’s organized, bqrfield thoughts makes the reader want to dictionn their own.
He does not explicitly rejects, but thoroughly criticizes, the philological assumption that all modern languages are grown from simple linguistic “roots,” suggesting that out grancestors actually had much more capacity for abstraction in language than we give them credit for – and, at the same time, much more capacity for concrete specificity.
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.
I needed a copy annotated by a philologist of the time. If moving from prosaic to metaphoric thinking causes such a change that has value, is not the change caused by moving from metaphoric to prosaic also valuable? He jabs at misused elements of the form such as bad metaphors, cliche, and the too-vague-to-have-any-meaning as well as the poets who employ their poor usage.