Archive for December 11, 2008
Someone once said that good teachers do not only teach a subject but also impart a *love* for the subject. This C. S. Lewis certainly did to me through his “Studies in Words.” I read the book a while ago, and though I do not remember every detail, a deep love for words and language has been with me ever since.
Naturally the book offers more than mere love for linguistics: it is also a tool for truly appreciating and understanding older literature. By tracing a number of key words through the centuries, C. S. Lewis helps the reader to understand how concepts change and what effect that has on one’s understanding of literature.
Lastly, for those who relish C. S. Lewis’s other works, “Studies in Words” might prove a fascinating view of yet another facet of Lewis’s wide-ranging writings. Full points!