By Owen Barfield, Jeanne Clayton Hunter, Thomas Kranidas
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West Stockbridge, MA: Lindisfarne Press, 1983). Ulreich's Afterword is an important statement on Barfield's work. 30. The Marion E. Wade Collection of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois is the American repository of Barfield material. The "Mother of Pegasus" (original title) typescript is on loan in the collection. An annotated copy of "The Unicorn" is in the possession of Jeanne Clayton Hunter. Page 17 31. "Poetic License," manuscript version; delivered as lecture at SUNY at Stony Brook, October, 1981.
Certainly as destructive of holistic and imaginative thinking is the contemporary philosophy, offspring of logical positivism, which claims metaphoric language to be meaningless, since only statements which can be proven by observation or experiment have meaning. Such thinking ensures the death of the imaginationthis ageless process of cognition, rooted in the origin of language, and far more indigenous to the human mind than the later development of logical thinking. In a brief discussion on imagination and the inadequacy of (indeed, the Page 10 fallacy of) scientific inquiry that seeks to make the world knowable through analytic data alone, Barfield closes: Only by imagination therefore can the world be known.
It wasn't until 1983 that the verse drama Orpheus was published, 29 even though it had been performed in 1948 and praised by Lewis, who compared its richness of verse forms to The Shepherd's Calendar. 30 The Barfield poetic canon remains unexplored to an extent unusual for a man of his literary influence. We print here a representative selection of Barfield's verse, spanning forty-five years of creativity. With customary generosity, Mr. Barfield has helped us to choose and to order the poems. The order is not chronological, but readers will recognize thematic groupings, and clearly the first and last poems are thematic signposts.
A Barfield sampler: poetry and fiction by Owen Barfield, Jeanne Clayton Hunter, Thomas Kranidas