chaucer contribution as a poet What is CHAUCER'S contribution as a poet? Discuss with reference to his "Canterbury Tales"? answer in detail  

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Chaucer is one of the most well known writers of the Medieval period in England.  His Canterbury Tales captures a verbal snapshot of the various people of his time, and the tales themselves give a written record of many of the stories, tales and jokes of his time.  He is creating a written account of the oral tradition of story-telling.  His poetry is written in consistent rhyming iambic couplets, so it is moving toward the blank verse that will eventually come in the early Renaissance.  Chaucer's poetry is clearly in the narrative form as opposed to a single, stand alone, poem.  The Canturbury Tales showcases a complex and nuanced study of people and stories that still provides insights into human nature today.

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