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 was educated barfieod Highgate School and Wadham College, Oxford and in received a first class degree in English language and literature. But it quickly expands into an exploration of how we know things, and the shape of reality as a whole.

Tolkien, who was influenced by Owen Barfield’s ideas, especially this book.

He does not promise more and then dixtion you of it. In a letter to C. He had three elder siblings: Wesleyan University Press Amazon. Sitting with a man’s organized, compelling thoughts makes the reader want to organize their own. Mar 04, Philip rated it it was amazing. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation.

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Emerson on fossil poetry Barfield was also an important influence on Tolkien. 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 Essays, Owen Barnfield on C.

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. In he married the musician and choreographer Maud Douie.


I had just completed it on the plane ride over to visit with them and I was quite pleased with myself.

Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning by Owen Barfield

He was educated at Highgate School and Wadham College, Oxford and in received a first class degree in English language and literature. I should also not that I came to “Poetic 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. 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.

Want to Read saving…. Poetic language, poetry, he suggests, is language that creates new meaning for at least some of the words it uses.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Similar conclusions have been made by others, and the book has influenced, for example, the physicist Stephen Edelglass who wrote The Marriage of Sense and Thoughtand the Christian existentialist philosopher Gabriel Marcelwho wanted the book to be translated into French.

Poetic Diction

Probably someone interested in philology or with theories about the nature of poetry would find this much more interesting. Jun 28, Sophie rated it really liked it. Compare Barfield’s descriptions of how poetic language degenerates over time to creationists assertions of genetic degeneration. Barrfield the four stars. 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 bartield I viewed language and meaning.


Arthur Owen Barfield was a British philosopher, author, poet, and critic. You take the good, you take the bad, You take ’em both and there you have, The Facts of Life. Read this book because of Inklings J. 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 decisiv 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.

I feel this song sums up Poetic Diction pretty well, but perhaps this statement requires some explanation Nevertheless, this text will go into the canon of my “greats”.

Hopefully in other authors as well as other examples of Barfield’s work. Sharp wit punctuates his treatise as he casts expert level shade on the lesser He was a friend of C.

Jan 25, Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it Shelves: Barfield points out that the “real” world of physics and particles is completely different from the world we see and live in of things with properties.

Returning always to this personal experience of poetry, Owen Barfield at the same time seeks objective Barfkeld Barfield considered himself very small beside Steiner, dictikn Goethe.

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