Poetic Diction

A Study in Meaning

by Owen Barfield


The seminal text that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S.Lewis. First published in 1928, Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning presents not merely a theory of poetic diction but also a theory of poetry and a theory of knowledge. "Only by imagination can the world be known, so what is needed is not larger and larger telescopes or more and more powerful microscopes but that the human mind should become increasingly aware of its own creativity." "The study of poetry is valuable for other purposes than the better enjoyment of poetry; it can be a way to prove the existence of an inner world by personal experience. The book attempts to show how this can be achieved by reflection on the poetic use of language." "Language has preserved for us the inner, living history of man's soul. It reveals the evolution of consciousness."

ISBN: 9780955958243
Publisher: Barfield Press UK
Format: Paperback