By Owen Barfield, Jeanne Clayton Hunter, Thomas Kranidas
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Fret not so For silence. It will come. ("Bad Day") Owen Barfield was experiencing the urban atrocities of noise (to which he was and is unusually sensitive) and congestion, technological intrusions on privacy and human relationships. The relentlessness of his "professional" life, along with other pres- Page 5 sures, led him to the verge of a nervous breakdowna breakdown averted, he tells us, by the catharsis of his charming autobiographical novel, This Ever Diverse Pair (1950). In this narrative the musing solicitor is shown in his two facesBurgeon the poet and Burden the practical man of vocation; this small imbedded lyric suggests how Barfield wittily managed his depression: Burgeon: The little waves on London River Are bombed with light: they flash and quiver And laugh and toss back to the Giver His shattered shards.
The Spy 41 III. Ishmael 43 Gender 44 The Merman 45 Enlightenment 46 At a Promenade Concert 48 The Milkmaid and the Unicorn 49 Video Meliora 49 Sonnet: Where can we hope to swim in 1ove's bright wave? 50 "How dolefully you raked into a blaze" 50 Sonnet: When the too-muchness of this angry trade 51 The Song of Pity or The Compassionate Society 52 Speech by a Gadarene Cabinet Minister 52 Sonnet: You said, and not as one exaggerating 52 The Sonnet and Its Uses 53 Rust 53 In 54 Mr. Walker 54 The Coming of Whitsun 55 Risen 56 Washing of Feet 57 Sacrament 57 Gizeh 58 Beatitude 58 A Meditation 59 From Orpheus: A Verse Drama Act II (lines 89-259) 59 Closing lines from "Riders on Pegasus" 66 Prose 69 Short Stories 69 Dope 71 The Devastated Area 77 Mrs.
Hark, how sweet muted moans of lutes and viols Resolve to organ tones that glut those aisles With thunderous waves: look, where each thick embrasure Pours in, past columns flecked with gules and azure, Warm sunbeams shafting through cool shadows piled Like braided tresses... I have often smiled, Reflecting gladly how, if one profane Our mysteries here again and yet again, They still may be restoredbut ahi, the void Page 30 If once the temple's self should be destroyed! I dreamed it was. I saw the very crypt Yawn to the sky, the gaping aumbry stripped Of heaped and hard-won treasure:fancies chaste Frisking round coif and bodice and slim waist; Heartstrings tunable to creaks of dresses; Salutè;* love-at-first-sight tendernesses; Cool dreams of brow and eyes, dreams light as breath The Rose ta'en down and on the altarDeath!
A Barfield sampler: poetry and fiction by Owen Barfield, Jeanne Clayton Hunter, Thomas Kranidas