Thursday, October 02, 2014

Start with a word (Lydia's Grade 8)

"The smallest significant element in a book is, of course, a single word."  ~~ Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book
Today's plans and readings:

Three pages from How to Read a Book.  Adler says that in the early chapters of his book, he was explaining how to break a book down.  Now he's going in the opposite direction: starting with the smallest units, the words and terms; then building up to propositions (which are composed of terms) and arguments (which are composed of propositions).  Or you can think of it as going from words / phrases, to sentences, to collections of sentences (paragraphs).
Picture Talk: Titian's "The Madonna of the Rabbit" or "Madonna and Child with St. Catherine and a Rabbit."  Interesting audio descriptions here.  (I haven't listened to them all the way through, so no guarantees.  I do know that he mentions St. Catherine's vision of her marriage to Jesus, which is just a little...well, okay.)

Poetry:  Sidney, "My true love hath my heart"; e.e. cummings, "i carry your heart."

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