An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer by Tison Pugh

By Tison Pugh

Geoffrey Chaucer is greatly thought of the daddy of English literature. This advent starts off with a evaluate of his existence 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, after all, the Canterbury stories , interpreting them along a variety of lesser recognized verses. one of many early hurdles confronted through scholars of Chaucer is attaining ease and fluency with center English, yet Tison Pugh presents a transparent and concise pronunciation advisor and a word list to assist amateur readers navigate Chaucer's literature in its unique language. extra serious equipment, together with a survey of the writer's resources and short summaries of significant plot traces, make An advent to Geoffrey Chaucer an quintessential source for college kids, lecturers, and an individual who has ever desired to study extra approximately this important determine of English literature.

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In the beginning of the poem, he described himself as emotionally empty—“Al is ylyche [alike] good to me—/ Joye or sorowe, wherso hyt be—/ For I have felynge in nothyng” (9–11)—but he is now inspired to write again. This slight glimmer of hope illuminates a work of insistent mourning with the possibility of one per- Chaucer’s Literature 15 son’s suffering helping another to gain insight into life’s sometimes painful beauty. It appears likely that Chaucer wrote the Book of the Duchess to elegize the death of John of Gaunt’s wife, Blanche, Duchess of Lancaster.

In the second half of this legend, Jason meets Medea, who explains to him how to win the Golden Fleece 30 An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer and thus saves his life (1611–36). They marry, and she abandons her homeland to be with him, presuming they will enjoy a life of domestic bliss together with their two children; Jason, however, betrays her and marries a third time. ” (1672–73)—but Chaucer whitewashes aspects of Medea’s legend that showcase a more troubling image of this “heroine,” such as her murder of her children to avenge herself against Jason.

1175–80) The knight finishes recounting their courtship, detailing his initial failure when she refused his affections and his subsequent success a year later when she realized the sincerity of his devotion (1236–86). Their subse- 14 An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer quent union was one of joyful accord: “Oure hertes wern so evene a payre / That never nas that oon contrayre / To that other for no woo” (1289–91). In this abbreviated tale of courtly romance, the lovers unite after the man has proved his worthiness, and the fair beloved finally cedes to his desire for her.

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