A Barfield sampler: poetry and fiction by Owen Barfield, Jeanne Clayton Hunter, Thomas Kranidas

By Owen Barfield, Jeanne Clayton Hunter, Thomas Kranidas

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Sapphics," Nine 3 (Dec. 1950), 39. "Gender,'' Nine 3 (Dec. 1950), 40-41. "Merman," The Golden Blade, 1950, 61. "The Milkmaid and the Unicorn," Time & Tide (Oct. 11, 1952), 1165. "Mr. Walker," Anthroposophical Quarterly 5 (Summer, 1960), 18. "Meditation," The Golden Blade (1971), 71. Orpheus: A Poetic Drama, ed. by John C. Ulreich, Jr. (West Stockbridge, MA: Lindisfarne Press, 1983). "Dope," The Criterion I (July, 1923), 322-8. "The Devastated Area," The New Age (July 3, 1924), 116-118. "Mrs. Cadogan" [as by Michael Owen], New Adelphi (March, 1928), 233-9.

I have also smiled Consciously, I know all you know, my child! But I was frank: I smiled to free and save A stubborn spiritnot to chain a slave. My thought outruns me; I forget that art Of earthly RhetoricOh, but where to start? What terms, what order, what conceits to employ? Do you remember the first time a boy Beheld you fairthe shock of shamed surprise That took your heart, remembering his eyes Later? So light! It clapped its wings and fled Before you seized your glass and tossed your head?

The virtually unknown pieces we present here reflect the sophistication of a classical education, of practicing literature for seventy-five years, of reading, interpreting, and rediscovering, of reclaiming origins as well as expanding frontiers. Our primary criterion for selection was literary value. Secondarily, we chose pieces that helped expand and illuminate the career and canon of a major thinker, a canon at once various and subtly homogeneous. Barfield's thinking has always been clearly expressed, elegantly honed and unpretentious, even at its most difficult.

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