By Tison Pugh
Geoffrey Chaucer is greatly thought of the daddy of English literature. This creation starts with a evaluation of his lifestyles and the cultural milieu of fourteenth-century England after which expands into analyses of such significant works because the Parliament of Fowls, Troilus and Criseyde , and, in fact, the Canterbury stories , reading them along a range of lesser identified verses. one of many early hurdles confronted through scholars of Chaucer is reaching ease and fluency with heart English, yet Tison Pugh offers a transparent and concise pronunciation advisor and a word list to aid amateur readers navigate Chaucer's literature in its unique language. extra serious gear, together with a survey of the writer's resources and short summaries of significant plot traces, make An creation to Geoffrey Chaucer an quintessential source for college students, academics, and a person who has ever desired to examine extra approximately this significant determine of English literature.
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Extra resources for An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer
693–99) This poem, ostensibly an homage to love, parodies the courtly love traditions of romance through its avian enactment, yet the narrator’s passion for books rings true. A bookworm rather than a lover, Chaucer offers his closing paean to reading and the adventures of the mind that it inevitably inspires. Unlike many dream visions that conclude with a pat moral, Chaucer ends Parliament of Fowls simply by celebrating the pleasures of the text, proving that the didactic thrust of many dream visions can be beneficially sacrificed in favor of the joys of reading.
Also, the mourning knight declares that his beloved’s name was White—“And goode faire White she het [was named]; / That was my lady name ryght. / She was bothe fair and bryght” (948–50); these lines give further credence to the connection of the Book of the Duchess with John of Gaunt’s loss of his wife Blanche. Chaucer emphasizes her exceptional beauty in these lines and throughout the poem, but even the beautiful must die, as the Book of the Duchess reminds its readers. Thus this multigeneric dream vision, with its incorporation of the tropes of blazon, lyric, and romance, takes on yet another register as a loose allegory of John of Gaunt’s bereavement, which enables readers to see the ways in which Chaucer negotiates the tenuous boundaries between his professional life in court and his artistic desires as a writer.
Like many of her fellow suffering heroines in the Legend of Good Women, Ariadne dies as a result of her blighted love, yet she glimmers in the heavens as a reminder to all of her steadfast devotion. The Legend of Philomela returns Chaucer’s collection of tales to the theme of rape first depicted in the Legend of Lucrece. It recounts the story of Tereus, who journeys to bring his wife Procne’s sister Philomela to their home for a visit (2244–78). Upon viewing Philomela, Tereus is seized by lust—“He caste his fyry herte upon hyre [her] so / That he wol have hir, how so that it go” (2292–93)—and brings her to a cave where he rapes her (2308–26).
An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer by Tison Pugh