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Poetic Diction : A Study in Meaning - 2nd edition

Poetic Diction : A Study in Meaning (ISBN10: 081956026X; ISBN13: 9780819560261)
ISBN13: 978-0819560261
ISBN10: 081956026X

Barfield discusses poetry's meaning in terms of both his personal experience and objective standards of criticism.

Edition/Copyright: 2ND 73
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Published: 12/01/1984
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Paper Back New 'Only by imagination can the world be known, ' writes Owen Barfield. 'And what is needed is. that the human mind should become increasingly aware of its own creative activity. ' With ...show more the intent to consider the point where life and imagination meet (Barfield calls this intersection 'perception'), Barfield focuses the crux of Poetic Diction on the study 'of poetry and the poetic element in all meaningful language. ' Borrowing terminology from Coleridge, he divides the imagination into 'primary' and 'secondary' categories. The secondary imagination is at work on the making of meaning, the primary on the making of things. Poetic Diction attempts to show how these two different kinds of making lead to an understanding of human consciousness and its evolution. Poetry hovers over this ongoing evolution, unable to alight until we are lifted above even the perpetual transformation of language itself. 'It is only when we have risen from beholding the creature into beholding creation that our mortal ...show less
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