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What's the genre of the Canterbury Tales?

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alicia-barlow | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 11, 2007 at 5:21 AM via web

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What's the genre of the Canterbury Tales?

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cmcqueeney | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted September 11, 2007 at 5:47 AM (Answer #2)

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Canterbury Tales is first of all Middle English poetry.  It also combines several genres such as fable, romance, and biography.  Because it is a conglomeration of tales, it is also a conglomeration of genres.  The Knight's Tale for example is a romance while the Monk's tale is more of a clerical sermon.

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arjun | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted September 15, 2007 at 4:54 PM (Answer #3)

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This book covers different forms of literature.It can be called fable,short stories concerning with romance,adventure,religion etc. It is just biography and mirror of the age.It is a good source of stories and poems.They are very easy to be fed into mind.It possesses agood humour and satire.His humour and satire both are mild.He depicts the things as are seen.

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