Orpheus: a poetic drama
Barfield had written the verse drama Orpheus in the 1930s, partly at the suggestion of C.S. Lewis. The play was performed only once, in 1948, and remained buried in Barfield's papers until John Ulreich, Jr., of the University of Arizona was tantalized by Barfield's allusions to it and disinterred it. He saw it through to publication in 1983 and wrote the introduction, in which he rightly praises Orpheus as "the evolution of consciousness made flesh, the thing itself in human form, the myth made fact as imaginative experience."
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Foreword by Owen Barfield
Program Note for the Original Production
Afterword by John C Ulreich
Act IV Scene animals Apollo Arethusa Aristaeus Ascalaphus offstage Barfield's bees C. S. Lewis cease Cerberus chain Charon Chorus for Nereus Curtain Danaid dance daughter death deep rises Demeter Dionysus earth Elysium Evoe evolution of consciousness experience eyes father flesh Fourth Maenad goddess gods Hades heart Hell Heracles human Iacchus ideas imagination imitating Eurydice kiss light Lindisfarne Lindisfarne Association lips Listen look meaning metaphor Mnemosyne Mother Cyrene Muse myth nature Nereid nymph Oceanus once original participation Orpheus I hear Owen Barfield Peneus Persephone phenomena play Poetic Diction polarity Procne Proteus Queen recreate round sacrifice Satyr Saving the Appearances Second Chorus Second Danaid Second Maenad seeks singing Sisyphus Sixth Maenad sleep song soul speak swarm sweet symbol Tantalus Tereus thee themes thing thinking Third Danaid Third Maenad thou tion underworld upper air Voice of Eurydice Voice of Hades Voice of Orpheus Wake Zeus