At a glance:
- Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
- First Published: 1387
- Type of Poem: Narrative
- Genres: Short fiction, Poetry, Frame story, Narrative poetry
Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Knight’s Tale” is the first actual tale in the unfinished Canterbury Tales, a sequence of stories told by different members of a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral in the Middle Ages. It is a structured, formal, 2,249-line poem told in four parts, which follows immediately after the “General Prologue”—an introductory poem describing each of the pilgrims.
Essentially, it is the story of a love triangle. Two Theban warriors, the cousins Palamon and Arcite, are thrown into prison by their captor, the Greek king Theseus....
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