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The Four Master Tools: Tool One

A teacher has four master tools that, if he can master them, become the master keys to open every door.

  1. Forms
  2. Questions
  3. Analogies
  4. Names

Form is generative; it is the very source of creation. Wendell Berry comments on the power of verse form to help us better see:

One of the great practical uses of literary disciplines… is to resist glibness – to slow language down and make it thoughtful. This accounts for the influence of verse, it its formal aspect, within the dynamics of the growth of language: verse checks the merely impulsive flow of speech, subjects it to another pulse, to measure, to extra-linguistic considerations; by inducing the hesitations of difficulty, it admits into language the influence of the Muse and of musing.”

Where does this principle not apply?

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