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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Overall, this was a thought-provoking book with a lot of intriguing theories. Yes indeed, Barfield attempts all that, nor am I ambitious enough to summarize the theory of poetry that he takes pages to unfold.

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. Studies in PolaritySan Rafael, Calif.: 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.

It is a risky many would say faulty way to begin a treatise, but, at every turn, Barfield proves entirely up to the task and I am well convinced that he has accomplished his goal of communicating truths clearly, deeply, and, indeed, through means of his own experiences. Barfield gave context and education in things I hoped to grow in, but he also expanded my very premises and gave me new depths as to how I viewed language and meaning.

Whenever Barfield bumps up against such things he falls back on the claim that changes in consciousness drive changes in the perception of evidence. Preview — Poetic Diction by Owen Barfield. But as I understand it, that is by no means the only direction of language change and is by no means a one-way street. No trivia or quizzes yet.


One thing I found interesting was that while extolling the virtue of the poetic, Barfield did not denigrate the need for the prosaic. Jul 08, Norman Styers rated it it was amazing.

Jonson and Ingenium, Exercitatio, Imitatio, and Lectio 5: Other things that don’t strike me as dition much sense. His work is hard, but he shared the interests and values of the other Inklings and that gives me a little something. The only way to infer the truth of 2 from 1 is to assume a priori that older is better.

Poetic Diction

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 broader philosophical considerations on the relation of world and thought.

All of his books are in print [ when? He argues that harfield language is inherently poetic, and that poetry and metaphor are the centers of language. Barfield’s Worlds Apart is one of his most important books.

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Let us not forget the last and most precious gift: Thereafter he had many guest appointments as Visiting Professor in North America. To ask other readers questions about Poetic Dictionplease sign up.

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 described as poetic diction His primary focus was on what he called the “evolution of consciousness,” which is an idea which occurs frequently in his writings.

It will probably take the rest of my life to understand this book, not because Barfield doesn’t write clearly or logically but because his intellect is so giant. View all 7 comments. Girard, Lewis, Tolkien, Williams, and Barfield. This is because his words are indelibly inviting. That much I agree with. Lewis, and History, Guilt, and Habit. Dec 03, Dan’l Danehy-oakes rated it really liked it. For the love of words, I will write. Poetry becomes a description of this experience, about how our participation with reality changes our consciousness.


Jul 22, Michael Fitzpatrick rated it it was amazing. If you want to understand the nature of language, and particular, “poetic diction”, this is the classic that influenced both CS Lewis and J. Returning always to this personal experience of poetry, Owen Barfield at the same time seeks objective 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.

Without notes, he talks just over my head and I can tell it’s probably brilliant, but I can’t quite make out why. I enjoyed it a lot more my second time through. This is the perspective Barfield believes is original in the evolution of consciousness, which was “fighting for its life”, as he phrases it, in the philosophy of Plato, and which, in a regenerate and more sophisticated form, benefiting from the development of rational thought, needs to be recovered if consciousness is to continue to evolve.

There is a lot in this book that I don’t understand, particularly as it relates to poetry and philology.

Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning

Barield 12, John Pillar rated it really liked it. For the prospect of someday having something worth saying, I will write today so that when I am old, I will be able to say it. My library Help Advanced Book Search.