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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Can light be golden? Now the truth comes clear: It is, when wonder meets it open-eyed As I am to the light that streams from her, When she at last is near, and these old walls Invading, overwhelms their prisoner: The light that, condescending, disenthralls! ) The Shower of Gold; I, wondering Danäe. Pollaiuolo's Apollo and Daphne Day waned: I to the West looked from a summer Down Far, far over the weald: space was a sea of light: Tellus trembled and toned: joy Throbbed articulate: low, I heard: Daphne!

Those familiar with his critical works feel certain, along with R. J. "12 Page 6 Thinking back to the young Barfield of the early 1920s from this vantage point in time, we see that Barfield made right decisions about his literary career. In 1923, with the publication of "Day" in The Best Poems of 1923 and the acceptance by T. S. Eliot of his first short story "Dope" for publication in Criterion, 13 Bar-field's literary career looked promising. But even as he recorded the futility of modern life in "Dope," Barfield was finding his larger subjectthe recovery of the spirit in man and nature.

J. Reilly, "A Note on Barfield, Romanticism, and Time," in Sugerman, op. , 183. 13. "Day" was first published in The Challenge, Feb. ). "Dope" was published in The Criterion I, (July 1923), 322-28. 14. For the exchange of letters between Barfield and Eliot, see Thomas Kranidas, "The Defiant Lyricism of Owen Barfield," VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review VI, 1985, 23-24. 15. " T. E. Hulme, in Speculations, ed. by Herbert Read (London: Kegan Paul, 1936). Hulme died in 1917, and Speculations first appeared in 1924.

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