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Shakespeare's Use of the Arts and Language
Now, from Sister Miriam Joseph, author of The Trivium...Shakespeare’s Use of the Arts of Language
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How do children learn to write? By reading, of course. And who better to use as a guide than William Shakespeare

Grammar school students in Shakespeare’s time were taught 200 figures of speech derived from Latin and Greek scholars. This knowledge was enormously important in their thorough grounding in logic, grammar and rhetoric, the three elements of the Trivium, the teaching method enjoying a resurgence today, especially among homeschoolers.

“The extraordinary power, vitality, and richness of Shakespeare’s language are due in part to his genius, in part to the fact that the unsettled linguistic forms of his age promoted to an unusual linguistic degree the spirit of free creativeness, and in part to the theory of composition then prevailing,” says Sister Miriam. “The difference in habits of thought and in methods of developing a thought results in a corresponding difference in expression principally because the Renaissance theory of composition, derived from an ancient tradition, was permeated with formal logic and rhetoric, while ours is not.”

This classic work was originally published in 1947 and has long been out of print. Two major newspapers had high praise for Shakespeare’s Use of the Arts of Language when it was first published:

“The importance of this book is that it makes clear what we ought to mean when we call Shakespeare an artist in language...The average person today knows two figures of speech if he knows any...Shakespeare knew two hundred.”— Mark Van Doren, New York Herald Tribune

“A truly magnificent work of learning.”—Newark News

And contemporary literary critic Harold Bloom, author of The Western Canon, says: “Sister Miriam Joseph’s Shakespeare’s Use of the Arts of Language remains, after more than half a century, an immensely valuable aid to serious students of the greatest of all writers. The book manifests enormous learning and real wisdom in applying that erudition to the needs of contemporary readers.”

Extensive bibliography. 15-page index. Hardcover

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