This book guides the thoughtful student through British literature by providing discussion questions that incite curiosity and discernment. Students can learn from this guide alone, with a teacher, or in a group. Each chapter leads students through the natural progression of the trivium, beginning with grammar questions, progressing into dialectic analysis, and then assigning a rhetoric project in the form of a written paper. While the Words Aptly Spoken® series builds from one year to the next, the ease of use allows new students to feel comfortable jumping in at their appropriate level.

Continuing the study of literary types and structure from previous books, Words Aptly Spoken: British Literature expounds on the devices and conventions commonly found in great literature: form, language, mood, purpose, influence, and more. Students will consider British poetry, drama, and prose from the Anglo-Saxons up to the 20th Century.

Works studied

Beowulf
The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Paradise Lost, Milton
The Pilgrim’s Progress, Bunyan
Gulliver’s Travels, Swift
Pride and Prejudice, Austen
A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens
Jane Eyre, Brontë
Animal Farm, Orwell
A Christmas Carol, Dickens
A Passage to India, Forster
Something Beautiful for God, Muggeridge
Alice in Wonderland, Carroll
Robinson Crusoe, Defoe
Father Brown, Chesterton
A Morbid Taste for Bones, Peters
Out of the Silent Planet, Lewis
The Hobbit, Tolkien
The Screwtape Letters, Lewis