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Episode 43—Teaching Children Self-Knowledge Through the Liberal Arts—Matthew Mehan

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 05, 2019 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals (M5) is a book of poems intended as an introduction to the liberal arts for children, helping them to grow in self-knowledge, virtue, and the art of charitable rhetoric. It is written in the ancient form of the beast fable, with each of Matthew Mehan’s twenty-six alphabetical poems accompanied by a beautiful oil painting by John Folley. In this interview Matthew discusses the book, the role of poetry in aesthetic, moral and spiritual education, and related topics such as the lost social art of memorizing and reciting poems.


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