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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Poetic Diction by Owen Barfield. A Study in Meaning by Owen Barfield. Poetic Dictionfirst published inbegins by asking why we call a given grouping of words “poetry” and why these arouse “aesthetic imagination” barcield produce pleasure in a receptive reader.

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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 Poetic Dictionfirst published inbegins by asking why we call a given grouping of words “poetry” and why these arouse “aesthetic imagination” and produce pleasure in a receptive reader.

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.

His profound musings explore concerns fundamental to barrfield understanding and appreciation of poetry, including the nature of metaphor, poetic effect, the difference between verse and prose, and the essence of meaning. Forward by Howard Nemerov.

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Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning

Lists with This Book. Mar 12, John Pillar rated it really liked it. This was definitely new territory for me. I came away from reading it with a greater appreciation for the role of the poet in expanding language and meaning. I’ll leave it to other reviewers who may be better versed in literature and philosophy to comment on the technical details of the book.

One thing I found interesting was that while extolling the barvield of the poetic, Barfield did not denigrate the need for the prosaic. Feb 26, Kenneth rated it it was amazing. He was a friend of C. Not as well known as they, Barfield wrote mainly criticism and philosophical speculations. He locates the poetic in the metaphorical use of language to create new perceptions of reality.

He also praises the use of peotic language and strange diction to do so. I am not a poet—nor was I meant to be. But in my own prose I have tried to create by fresh metaphors and descriptions an effect similar to what Barfield praises. Of course, I am not doing justice to his book in this paragraph. At any rate the book is barfiwld, intriguing, but at times a bit obtuse.

I recommend it to those of you who are poets or love poetry. Dec 30, Tommy Grooms rated it really liked it. A difficult book, written for those of a classical education that as a practical matter doesn’t exist anymore. It made me wish I had the means or, more honestly, the patience to learn and appreciate languages that function differently than my own.

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I found it necessary to stop midway through and read from the beginning in order to grasp the key concepts, and I hope I’ll be forgiven for poetc tackling the appendices. That difficulty is the only thing keeping this from a five-star review. Otherwise A difficult book, written for those of a classical dictioj that as a practical matter doesn’t exist anymore.

Otherwise I found the book engaging and thought-provoking in poetif way that transcended the seemingly straightforward subject matter. Owen Barfield will make you think the mystery of life can be perceived through the study and appreciation of language. Jul 24, James Nance rated it really liked it. I know that there is more in this book than I got out of it.

Barfield assumes a lot from his readers, not only fluency in poetry and philosophy, but also French, Latin, and Greek. What I mostly derived from it was how poorly educated I really am. Some great insights made it in past my ignorance, however.

Thus the four stars. Jul 08, Norman Styers rated it it was amazing. Jul 22, Michael Fitzpatrick rated it it was amazing. Owen Barfield dkction truly written a philosophical and literary masterpiece. But it quickly expands into an exploration of how we know things, and the shape of reality as a whole.

Barfield critiques the works of Locke, Kant and Hume, and provides a basis for understanding meaning as a description of our relationship with reality. Poetry becomes a description of this experience, about how our p Owen Barfield has truly written a philosophical and literary masterpiece. Poetry becomes a description of this experience, about how our participation with reality changes our consciousness. Well researched and beautifully written.

The Second Preface and the Appendices were extremely helpful, and contained some of the mean of the argument. Highly recommended for anyone interested in: Dec 11, Josiah rated it liked it Shelves: This was a fascinating little book that made me think a lot about different topics that I hadn’t thought about all that much before. Because this field of literary studies is a relatively new field for me, I’m not sure how much I agree with his ideas they all seemed to be pretty good ideas when I read it; but the first person to speak always sounds right until the second begins to speakbut they definitely provoked me to reflect on this more.

I didn’t read all of this book as thoroughly as I This was a fascinating little book that made me think a lot about different topics that I hadn’t thought about all that much before. I didn’t read all of this book as thoroughly as I could, so some day I’d like to come back to this when I have more experience in this field and more time on my hands. Overall, this was a thought-provoking book with a lot of intriguing theories.

Jan 25, Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 11, Emartinez rated it it was amazing. I had just completed it on the plane ride over to visit with them and I was quite pleased with myself.

Afterall, this was a dense read – Barfield would often slip into Latin, French, and at times German as if it were nothing. One reviewer stated paraphrased “the problem with this book starts long before you pick it On Poetic Diction by Owen Barfield “Wow, that man is intoxicated with the exuberance of his own verbosity,” Dad retorted upon hearing a quote from Owen Barfield’s “Poetic Diction”.

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One reviewer stated paraphrased “the problem with this book starts long before you pick it up One must be classically educated to even read it”. Nevertheless, this text will go into the canon of my “greats”. 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.

Let us not forget the last and most precious gift: Loquacious as he may be, Barfield is not pedantic, though he may be perceived as such, especially upon hearing an excerpt as my father did. Barfield is simply committed to the highest goods that precise and comprehensive speech on a matter can serve. His many clauses and conditions in each sentence require some initial calibration to trod out the underlying subject-verb agreement and offer any sort of illumination to the reader.

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. And, of course, it is fitting that a book on words and meaning should be thus.

Sharp wit punctuates his treatise as he casts expert level shade on the lesser He jabs at misused elements of the form such as bad metaphors, cliche, and the too-vague-to-have-any-meaning as well as the poets who employ their poor usage.

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For a minute, you are invited to escape into his ivory tower, sipping some brandy in a smoking jacket with him, perhaps, until you realize you are the culprit of this same “lesser” that you are, with him, mocking. Another of his gifts: This is because his words are indelibly inviting.

He does not promise more and then elude you of it. He unveils the glory and leads in the way of obtaining it. More unique, perhaps, than the flourish of his own dialectic journey is the subtle distribution of tools he gives you along the way to obtain your own summits with the words and poems that move you. He makes an example of the word “ruin” – its poetic etymology, if you will, what it came to mean as poets breathed the electricity of creative meaning into it.

Sitting with a man’s organized, compelling thoughts makes the reader want to organize their own. While a capital intellect, Barfield does not write as a professor, but as a lover: His trails, too, are terribly alluring as his methods seem a parlor trick at first.

He unashamedly states that he will prove the underlying truths about poetry by offering a critique from his own experiences. 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. I am much more versed in the assessing of verse and in the determining of its poetic quality after having read this book.

I am also more attentive to the power a word can hold, compound, and collect. Paired with my old professor’s exhortations to not leave a sentence you have not fallen in love with, I am enriched with more tools of love and satisfaction.