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A New Design at English Language Literature in Geoffrey Chaucer
Transcript of A New Design at English Language Literature in Geoffrey Chaucer
Prof. Me. Rodrigo Nascimento de Queiroz
An English author, poet, philosopher...
Worked as a government official under three different kings = high social status.
The black death outbreaks in England.
Pope collecting heavier and heavier taxes from England.
Fluent in English, Italian, Latin, and French
Chaucer was one of the first writers to be buried in the Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.
Translation of the Bible to Middle English Language.
English church full of ignorant priests and corrupt officials:
simony, indulgences, abuse of church courts and positions
His spoke his notions out right pompously,
Stressing the times when he had won, not lost.
He would the sea were held at any cost.
(lines 287 - 289)
A clerk from Oxford was with us also, Who'd turned to getting knowledge, long ago.
As meagre was his horse as is a rake,
Nor he himself too fat, I'll undertake,
But he looked hollow and went soberly
(lines 299 - 304)
The Haberdasher, the Carpenter, the Weaver, the Dyer, and the Carpert-Maker
A sergeant of the law, wary and wise,
[...] Discreet he was, and of great reverence;
At least he seemed so, his words were so wise.
He loved right well his morning sop in wine.
Delightful living was the goal he'd won,
(lines 350 - 351)
Were with us, clothed in similar livery,
All of one sober, great fraternity
The Wife of Bath
And he could roast and seethe and broil and fry,
And make a good thick soup, and bake a pie.
But very ill it was, it seemed to me,
There was a sailor, living far out west;
For aught I know, he was of Dartmouth town.
He sadly rode a hackney, in a gown,
Of thick rough cloth falling to the knee.
In all this world was none like him to pick
For talk of medicine and surgery;
For he was grounded in astronomy.
(lines 433 - 435)
There was a housewife come from Bath, or near,
Who- sad to say- was deaf in either ear.
(lines 467 - 468)
There was a good man of religion, too,
A country parson, poor, I warrant you;
But rich he was in holy thought and work.
(lines 500 - 502)
He loved God most, and that with his whole heart
The miller was a stout churl, be it known,
Hardy and big of brawn and big of bone;
Which was well proved, for when he went on lam
At wrestling, never failed he of the ram
To whom all buyers might quite well resort
To learn the art of buying food and drink;
For whether he paid cash or not, I think
That he so knew the markets, when to buy,
He never found himself left high and dry.
Long were his legs, and they were very lean,
And like a staff, with no calf to be seen.
A summoner was with us in that place,
Who had a fiery-red, cherubic face,
For eczema he had; his eyes were narrow
. London: Longman, 1975.
THORNLEY, G. C.; ROBERTS, Gwyneth.
An Outline of English Literature.
This pardoner had hair as yellow as wax,
705 But lank it hung as does a strike of flax
(lines 704 - 705)
The Canterbury Tales
When April with his showers sweet with fruit;
The drought of March has pierced unto the root;
And bathed each vein with liquor that has power;
To generate therein and sire the flower;
(lines 3 - 6)
A knight there was, and he a worthy man,
Who, from the moment that he first began
To ride about the world, loved chivalry,
Truth, honour, freedom and all courtesy
(lines 46 - 49)
With him there was his son, a youthful squire,
A lover and a lusty bachelor,
With locks well curled, as if they'd laid in press.
Some twenty years of age he was, I guess.
(lines 83 - 86)
And he was clad in coat and hood of green.
A sheaf of peacock arrows bright and keen
Under his belt he bore right carefully
(lines 109 - 110)
There was also a nun, a prioress,
Who, in her smiling, modest was and coy
And she was known as Madam Eglantine.
Full well she sang the services divine,
(lines 124 - 127)
The Nun and the The Three Priests
A monk there was, one made for mastery,
An outrider, who loved his venery;
A manly man, to be an abbot able.
(lines 174 - 176)
A friar there was, a wanton and a merry,
A limiter, a very festive man.
Equal his gossip and his fair language.
(lines 219 - 221)