Opening the door for beginners who seek a thorough grounding in the first arts of human understanding, this book explains the nature of logic, grammar, and rhetoric - the three of the seven liberal arts - and how they relate to one another. In Renaissance universities, the trivium (literally, the crossing of three part way) formed the essence of the liberal arts curriculum. Examined are topics such as the nature and function of language, distinguishing general grammar from special grammar, the study of logic and its relationship to grammar and rhetoric, and applying the concepts of logic, grammar, and rhetoric to literary works.
Sister Miriam Joseph, CSC, was a member of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and a professor of English at Saint Mary's College from 1931 to 1960. She is the author of The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric, and many articles on Shakespeare and the trivium.