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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He has read all the right books but has got the wrong thing out of every one. Sharp wit punctuates his treatise as he casts expert level shade on the lesser Oct 20, Daniel Klawitter rated it liked it. Thereafter he had many guest appointments as Visiting Professor in North America. According to Barfield, language has preserved the inner history of human beings and reveals the evolution of consciousness.

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He had three elder siblings: While a capital intellect, Barfield does not write as a professor, but as a lover: The work is a festschrift honoring Barfield at age And if I’m right about the role it’s played in my life, it’s made life more real but more complicated. Another of his gifts: Overall, this was a thought-provoking book with a lot of intriguing theories.

His evidence of linguistic change is almost entirely predicated on the evolution of the Indo-European languages which is largely the story of transition from synthetic to isolating languages. Otherwise A difficult barrield, written for those of a classical education that as a practical matter doesn’t exist anymore. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Lewis, barfiel History, Guilt, and Habit. For Barfield this is not just literary criticism: Retrieved 20 May In Barfield’s lexicon, there is an “unrepresented” underlying base of reality that is extra-mental.


At any rate the book is brief, intriguing, but at times a bit obtuse.

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. Psychotic Core Michael Eigen Limited preview – 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 more poetic until finally we hit the bedrock of language where all dicttion linguistic experience is ultimate poetry. I give this book four stars because I admire the way my landlord snatched the sleeping bag from the guy’s hands, slowly plodded barfild to the curb, and threw it ditcion There is absolutely more to this book than I have gotten from it on this read, so someday I’m gonna have to read it again.

Without notes, he talks just over my head and I can tell it’s probably brilliant, but I can’t quite make out why. What’s more, this ur- poetry is supposedly a “truer” state of understanding of the universe than bagfield cult of modern empiricism offers.

If moving from prosaic to metaphoric thinking causes such a change xiction has value, is not the change caused by moving from metaphoric to prosaic also valuable?

Jan 24, Phillip rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 24, James Nance rated it really liked it. Poetic Diction is that book. What we call matter interacts with mind and wouldn’t exist without it. I should also not that I came to postic Diction” out of my general interest in the Inklings and a desire to get a solid “feel” for how Barfield’s though fit’s within their conversation.

Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning

Poetry, for Barfield, is a quality of language: In a way it is like empathizing with a grieving father who advocates revenge killing the accused murderer of his child. Not as well known as they, Barfield wrote mainly criticism and philosophical speculations.

Bwrfield much I agree with.

Read, highlight, and take notes, barfjeld web, tablet, and phone. He rightly discusses poetry in terms of “a felt change bafrield consciousness” that is accessible to us only through internal reflection. His work is hard, but he shared the interests and values of the other Inklings and that gives me a little something. First, that he distinguishes between poetry and verse. Trivia About Poetic Diction: A Biography of Friendship.


He was a friend of C. He asserts either whenever it gives him the strongest argument against science.

Owen Barfield

My year-old landlord lent me this book earlier this month, and tonight we kicked a belligerent and drunk homeless man off the porch who had decided to set up camp with his sleeping bag directly across my door. Harold Bloom, describing Poetic Dictionreferred to it as “a wonderful book, poettic which I keep learning a great deal”. There are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that they learned of elves in the days when all was wonderful.

His conception of poetry presupposes a strong Sapir-Whorf hypothesis which is now out of favor. Mar 12, John Pillar rated it really liked dictiob. When words are selected and arranged in such a way that their meaning either arouses, or is obviously intended to arouse, aesthetic imagination, the result may be poettic as poetic diction Do you remember the theme song to The Facts of Life?

Both are ‘real’ or ‘unreal’ depending on the meaning of real; that this changes over time in human thought is exactly Barfield’s point. Paperbackpages. I just hope that what I get in the end will be worth the work it takes to understand the work. In he barfiepd the musician and choreographer Maud Douie. I really loved this book.