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Copy of Copy of The Canterbury Tales

Introduction to The Canterbury Tales
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Kimberly Athans

on 5 October 2012

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Transcript of Copy of Copy of The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer
(1343?-1400) 2nd greatest poet in the English language
(next to Shakespeare!) Only had finished 24
when he died The Canterbury Tales Named by scholars for the time in between the Ancient period and the Renaissance The Middle Ages Setting – April at the Tabard Inn Plot –
Contest to see who
can tell the best story! The Pilgrimage Geoffrey Chaucer He was buried in Westminster Abbey, and his tomb became the nucleus of what is now known as Poets' Corner. Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halve cours yronne,
And smale fowles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open ye
(So priketh hem nature in hir corages),
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages. Characters – 29 pilgrims,
plus Host and Chaucer = 31 in all Courtly Love: a medieval European conception of nobility and chivalry expressing love and admiration Why has this tale withstood the test of time? Chaucer wrote for the middle class, which is why he wrote in the vernacular Medieval culture celebrated feasting, chivalry, knights in shining armor, and religion, but suffered war, the plague, and death. A pilgrimage is a journey of moral or spiritual significance, usually to a shrine. The person who makes the journey is called a pilgrim. The Prologue in Middle English
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