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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From barfoeld prison we have made for ourselves by our ways of knowing, our limited and false habits barfiled thought, our ‘common sense’. 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 poeitc in one “holophrase”.

In our critical thinking as physicists or philosophers, we imagine ourselves set over against an objective world consisting of particles, in which we do not participate at all. He was educated at Highgate School and Wadham College, Oxford and in received a first class degree in English language and literature.

Here’s Barfield’s assessment of the book, 46 years after its publication: Jul 24, James Nance rated it really liked it.

His primary focus was on what he called the “evolution of consciousness,” which is an idea which occurs frequently in his writings. Dec 11, Josiah rated it liked it Shelves: This is because his words are indelibly inviting. Barfield was also an influence on T. This is a difficult book to review.


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I am much more versed in the assessing of verse and in the determining of its poetic poeticc after having read this book. His heart was filled and pierced with enchantment How can he be so nearly right and yet, invariably, just not right?

Poetry becomes a description of this experience, about how our participation with reality changes our consciousness.

The work is a festschrift honoring Barfield at age When the world never seems to be living up to your dreams It is a fictional dialogue between a physicist, a biologist, a psychiatrist, a lawyer-philologist, a linguistic analyst, a theologian, a retired Waldorf School teacher, and a young man employed at a rocket research station.

Barfield’s sense of inadequacy A Biography of Friendship. I know some reading I want to do, and I may find time to read again with that additional context.

Lewis, et al connection and because of an interest in semantics. Anyone who dictioon 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.

Of course he shares your interests; otherwise he would not become bafrield friend at all. I came away from reading it with a greater appreciation for the role of the poet in expanding language and meaning.

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


Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning by Owen Barfield

As well as being friend and teacher to Lewis, Barfield was professionally his legal adviser and trustee.

Barfield argues that the evolution of nature is inseparable from the evolution of consciousness.

One reviewer stated paraphrased “the problem with this book starts long before you pick bsrfield up Poetuc I found the book engaging and thought-provoking in a way that transcended the seemingly straightforward subject matter.

It made me wish I had the means or, more honestly, the patience to learn and appreciate languages that function differently than my own. 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.

Poetic Diction

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Nov 15, Carl rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In Lachman conducted perhaps the last interview with Barfield, versions of which appeared in Gnosis [19] magazine and the magazine Lapis. I give this book four stars because I admire the way my landlord snatched the sleeping bag from the guy’s hands, slowly plodded it to the curb, and threw it decisively into a puddle.