RE: [mythsoc] Barfield and Tolkien
- David Lenander wrote:
>"Prof. Flieger hinges her entire discussion of Barfield's influence onDavid, I am not saying that there is no influence. I want a more careful
>Tolkien on a single reported conversation."
>For heaven's sake, just read _Poetic Diction_ and then read Lewis &
>Tolkien's early work. You don't need to know that the men knew each other
>and were friends. The influence is clear.
>Likewise, Tolkien certainly knew Coleridge, but the influence from Barfield
>on his apprehension of Coleridge is similarly clear in "On Fairy Stories."
examination of the nature and extent of the influence. Tolkien, Barfield,
Lewis--and let's add in Charles Williams for good measure--are not simply
three peas in a pod, whose ideas are interchangeable. As I said before, I am
interested in where they all both converge and diverge.
I would say the same thing for the influence of Coleridge: none of them, not
even Barfield, simply takes over Coleridge; they modified whatever they found.
I want to understand the nature of these modifications better than I do
because important matters are at stake.
I am taking a week or so to examine some of this more carefully. When I am
done, I will try to condense what I think into something of manageable email
Keep your sword at the ready!