By Ruth Morse, Barry Windeatt
Chaucer used to be perceived because the father of English poetry, and his works gave upward thrust to a range of traditions of either artistic reaction and significant remark, to next 'Chaucerian' authors and to a physique of remark approximately his writings. This publication is the 1st to explain Chaucer's literary impression throughout quite a lot of writers and sessions. It takes as its subject matter the diversity of responses to Chaucer or 'Chaucer Traditions', and addresses subject matters of specified curiosity coming up from the results Chaucer's paintings had on next writers within the 3 centuries top as much as Dryden. every one essay makes a speciality of a definite author or literary culture discussing those within the context of Chaucer's paintings and its effect. the result's a tremendous number of essays with a view to be of curiosity to all lecturers and scholars of Chaucer, in addition to to students of poetry in later classes.
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3 In turn, 'moral Gower' seems to have considered love particularly as Chaucer's field of poetic expertise. 4 (CA, vm, 2954-7*) It sounds natural for the ageing lawyer to invite his friend to match his own poetic testament and recorde it in Venus' court. The metaphorical use of legal language has often been noted as a feature of the Ricardian period, yet with Chaucer and Gower there is more particular point to the allusion. Theirs is a relationship caught and held for posterity in the tangles of the law.
The identity - or association - of Gower with the Man of Law repeatedly suggests itself, and Chaucer's change of plan appears at least partly to have been a response to the publication of Gower's Confessio. This likelihood is strengthened by consideration of the second crux, involving the Wife of Bath's and Shipman's Tales. ). Here, characteristically, he made fun of the magic and played down the climactic metamorphosis. In two instances where Chaucer changed his plan while imperfectly adjusting the dramatic framework of the Canterbury Tales the shift may be viewed as part of his creative response to Gower.
J . D . Pickles a n d J . L . S. Brewer, 1987). Jill Mann, Chaucer and Medieval Estates Satire (Cambridge, 1973), p. 174. See R. Hazleton,yoMraa/ of English and Germanic Philology, 62 (1963), 1-31. For other interpretations of the tale see Riverside Chaucer, p. 952 and A. C. Spearing, 'The CT IV: Exemplum and Fable', in The Cambridge Chaucer Companion, ed. P. Boitani and Jill Mann (Cambridge, 1986), pp. 172-5. Out of thirty-eight occurrences of the word, twenty-two are in that poem. 3 Chaucer and Lydgate DEREK PEARSALL John Lydgate was considered to be a very important poet in his own day and for at least a century afterwards: he received many commissions to write poems from patrons in all walks of life; his poetry was widely admired and imitated; he is frequently alluded to, usually in conjunction with Gower and Chaucer, as one of the founding fathers of English poetry; there are many manuscripts of his works.
Chaucer Traditions: Studies in Honour of Derek Brewer by Ruth Morse, Barry Windeatt