What will I learn in Fitting Words – 2nd half?

Fitting Words: Classical Rhetoric for the Christian Student is arranged around the five canons of rhetoric: invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. In the first half of this course, after laying the Christian philosophical and historical foundation of the subject, the text concentrated on constructing the first two canons: invention, and arrangement (primarily the six parts of a discourse). The text also covered the three artistic modes of persuasion: ethos, pathos, and logos … [Read more...]

Write a poem for Mom! |Grammar of Poetry

Happy Mother's Day!  One of the immediate payoffs to learning the building blocks of poetry (the "grammar" of poetry), is in communicating more effectively, and more beautifully, with those you love. Matt Whitling gives his students a tool called an "epiphany chart" to help them as they write poetry. An epiphany chart is a way to organize your thoughts, memories, places, and even things. This mother's day, sit down with your child, and have them fill out a special "Mom's Epiphany Chart"! What … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Learning Poetry

Guest post by David Henry, a student of Liberal Arts and Culture at NSA. POETRY is a basic part of human culture, and a key element in man’s effort to glorify his Creator. When God planted Adam in the garden, he presented that first specimen of humanity with a world half-named: sea and land, heavens and earth, birds and creeping things. Then the Lord brought him rank upon rank of creature and told him to name them. From the very beginning God has asked us to use words to describe his … [Read more...]

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