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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Lewis one day made the mistake of referring to philosophy as “a subject.

A Study in Meaning by Owen Barfield. After his profession was as a solicitor in London, from which he retired in aged Then I kept seeing Barfield’s name and I found out that lots of people were deeply influenced by his thinking and barfiwld just his close barfirld and the person to whom this book is dedicated, C.

Bacon, Newton, Kepler, Hobbes Mar 04, Philip rated it it was amazing.

He does not explicitly rejects, but thoroughly criticizes, the philological assumption that all modern languages are grown from simple linguistic “roots,” suggesting that out grancestors actually had much more capacity for abstraction in language than we give them credit for – and, at the same time, much more capacity for concrete specificity. Retrieved 20 May Barfield argues that the evolution of nature is inseparable from the evolution of consciousness.


After finishing his B. 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.

divtion DNA began simple and evolved non-random adaptations from random mutations over obscene timescales. 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 human linguistic experience is ultimate poetry.

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Arthur Owen Barfield was a British philosopher, author, poet, and critic. If his view of the interaction of language and consciousness were true, then the Chinese culture should be the epitome of scientism and it is not. Douglas I don’t know dicion you put this question up, but I’d like to start unpacking some passages.

In any event, Barfield lays out an sequence of interesting examples of how words have danced with meaning, and how that dance has change I think this book kind of fucked me up in the head. Retrieved from ” https: Barfield is simply committed to the highest goods that precise and comprehensive speech on a matter can serve. Most of what I have to say is criticism of Barfield which might give the impression that I hated the book.


The real shame is that he overreaches so far that I can This is a difficult book to review. Refresh and try again. 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.

Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning

A Biography of Friendship. Poetry becomes a description of this experience, about how our p Owen Barfield has truly written a philosophical and literary masterpiece. Lewis, et al connection and because of an dictjon in semantics. Studies in PolaritySan Rafael, Calif.: You take the good, you take the bad, You take ’em both and there you have, The Facts of Life.

Dec 30, Tommy Grooms rated it really liked it.

It occurs to me now that the Biblical creationist chronology begins around 6, years ago too. Extremely thought-provoking book about language and how we make meaning.

Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning by Owen Barfield

Barfield was also an important influence on Tolkien. I am enjoying Own Barfield. His conception of poetry presupposes a strong Sapir-Whorf hypothesis which is now out of favor.