Assess Chaucer's contribution to English poetry.

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shaketeach | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Geoffrey Chaucer's contribution to English literature is extremely important.

He was the first English writer to write in the vernacular.  Previously, Latin was the language used by writers.  This enabled writers from various countries to share what they had written since Latin was the language used by scholars.

In his unfinished work, The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer gives us a wonderful picture of the medieval world.  His pilgrims come from all classes of medieval society from the Knight and his Squire to the various members of the clergy, to the merchants and finally the average working man.

Through his descriptions in the "Prologue" and through the stories they tell, he reveals a lot about the people in this society.  He gives us the good, the bad and the ugly.

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is mirror that reflects English society in the late Middle Ages.

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arjun | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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There is the great contribution of novel to English literature:

01. Ground for novel

02.Ground for short stories

03. Ground for drama

04. Narrative form

05. Rhyme 

06 Chaucerian stanza

07. Mirror of the age

08. Modern Language

09. The Prologue as the good work.

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