C.S. Lewis and the Love of Words

What are some of the ways that C.S. Lewis played with and thought about words?

C.S. Lewis was warned as a young scholar “never to trust a philologist.” At its root, a “philologist” is a lover of words. On that score, at least, Lewis was one of the great popular figures of the 20th century. He also wrote Studies in Words, and had a knack for naming characters in evocative way or choosing the right word to capture the moment. This page captures some of Lewis’ thoughts about words, including the limited series, “The Words that C.S. Lewis Made Up,” and includes some concepts unique to Lewis as a writer and scholar.

“We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words — to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it”
~ C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory

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