“And Imagination Can See Them Again”:

Four Exercises in Barfieldian Poetics


Our sophistication, like Odin's, has cost us an eye; and now it is the language of poets, in so far as they create true metaphors, which must restore this unity conceptually, after it has been lost from perception. Thus, the "before-unapprehended" relationships of which Shelley spoke, are in a sense “forgotten” relationships. For though they were never yet apprehended, they were at one time seen. And imagination can see them again.—Owen Barfield, Poetic Diction 86-87

Four case studies
, inspired by Owen Barfield's understanding of the "evolution of consciousness," of . . .

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