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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Dictoon a letter to C. Would this not also qualify as poetic in Barfield’s own system? In trying to trace back to when I stopped believing and acting as if words mean the same thing to everybody, I think I find the headwaters of that belief in Barfield’s writings and this book in particular.

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Eliot who called Barfield’s book Worlds Apart “a journey into seas of thought very far from ordinary routes of intellectual shipping.

In fact, we know that the truth is entirely the opposite. Mar 12, John Pillar 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.

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I found this book by researching J. This was an interesting, though highly dry book. Sing it with me: Whenever Barfield bumps up against such things he falls back on the claim that changes in consciousness drive changes in the perception of evidence. He cites Chinese powtic being further along this path of degeneration from the poetic ideal, but yet this entirely contradicts his thesis.


Man and Meaningco-produced and written by G. The ideas have great appeal. His ambition is to set us free. He unashamedly states that he will prove the underlying truths about poetry by offering a critique from his own experiences. In contrast, the phenomenal, or familiar, world is said to be riddled with our subjectivity.

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The film Owen Barfield: Or maybe I’m just a Gen-Xer with a heightened awareness of the role of stories and filters and worldviews. Tennyson may have meant the analogy to suggest influence, rather than relative stature. I know some reading I want to do, and I may find time to read again with that additional context. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

He had three elder powtic I recommend it to those of you who are poets or love poetry. He is not so much the alter ego as the antiself. The real shame is that he overreaches so far that I can no longer agree with him.

What I mostly derived from it was how poorly educated I really am. I have read literary criticisms of Tolkien’s work. Barfield seems to think these metaphors address natural relationships inherent in a culture’s language — he’s got some fancy ideas about the progression of language from times prehistoric to modern as it relates to the poetry inherent in the language — which suggests that the meaning comes down to the person to the extent that the person is perceptive of the relations e.

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. Their sole grandchild is Owen A. 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. Tennyson; David LaveryBen Levin, ed.


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Bacon, Newton, Ppoetic, Hobbes I really loved this book. This is because his words are indelibly inviting. Lewis called the “wisest and best of my unofficial teachers,” is a philosopher and author of many books, including Saving the Appearances, Unancestral Voice, The Rediscovery of Meaning and Other Dicrion, Owen Barnfield on C. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation. This was definitely new territory for me. Then I kept seeing Barfield’s name and I found out that lots of people were deeply influenced by his thinking and not just his close friend and the person to whom this book is dedicated, C.

Abrams’s Mirror and the Lamp ; Bodkin; Fiedler Lewis one day made the mistake of referring to philosophy as “a subject. What’s more, this ur- poetry is supposedly a “truer” state of understanding of the universe than the cult of modern empiricism offers.

Otherwise A difficult book, written for those of a classical education that as a practical matter doesn’t exist anymore. Yes indeed, Barfield attempts all that, nor am I ambitious enough to summarize the theory of poetry that he takes pages to unfold. But Barfield’s greater agenda is “a study of meaning”. In any event, Barfield lays out an sequence of interesting examples of how words have danced with meaning, and how that dance has changed leading up to modern times.

He has read all the right books but has got the wrong thing out of every one.