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Geoffrey Chaucer

Apart from the fact that The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde are outstanding works artistically, there are several reasons Geoffrey Chaucer is considered the father of English...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018, 8:21 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales during a time of great societal change in England as well as the rest of western Europe. This was a time of extreme religious devotion. One of the most...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 12:00 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer is sometimes referred to as the "father of English poetry." Part of the reason for this is that he was writing in Middle English and his work marks a major transition between the scanty...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2017, 9:55 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer had many jobs in his life, including that of a noblewoman's page, an esquire in the royal court, comptroller of the customs for the Port of London, and clerk of the King's works....

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017, 1:30 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer (ca. 1343–1400) often called the "father" of English poetry because he chose to write in the vernacular, more specifically, the English dialect of southern England and London, was...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019, 3:40 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer was the master of satire. He is satirical in his descriptions of those who traveled on a pilgrimage together in the Canterbury Tales. Chaucer especially criticizes those who professed...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2013, 7:41 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer is known primarily not only as a poet, but also as a man with an extraordinary gift of looking at his subjects and the context of the time in which they live to provide an...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2015, 8:09 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer primarily utilizes indirect methods of characterization in characterizing the various pilgrims in the General Prologue and throughout the entire poem....

Latest answer posted March 19, 2010, 10:55 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

First we should establish what the "Age of Chaucer" is. Chaucer lived during the second half of the fourteenth century. His life spanned an extraordinarily tumultouous time in English and European...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2012, 2:08 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

In writing in English, Chaucer was not unique in the Middle English period. On the contrary, writing in English continued apace in parochial documents and literary texts after the Norman Conquest,...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018, 2:18 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer's influence is enormous, but in your question you have correctly broken it down into two basic parts: the English language and English literature. As in all European countries, England had...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2018, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Your conclusion is an opportunity to summarize everything you've discussed in your paper and leave the reader with "something to think about." A great way to do this is by including an answer to...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2019, 1:48 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Answering this question requires determining how Chaucer might be considered a biographer to start with, as he wrote no biographies. It is also necessary to identify some of his major works as most...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012, 12:19 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Well, for starters, Chaucer is not a Modern Poet. Modernism began in the late 19th century and lasted up until about World War I, but those dates vary. However, I’m always one for using techniques,...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2011, 12:50 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer's poems reveal much about the English medieval period. First, the hegemony of Christianity in Europe grounds many of the assumptions in his texts. Belief in an afterlife of punishment or...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

As noted in the link cited below, in addition to Chaucer, anonymous playwrights creating allegorical plays, the Pearl poet (The Pearl and Sir Gawain), Langland, and Mandeville would be important...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2019, 1:15 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

It's a little old-fashioned to refer to anybody as the "father" of anything. Patriarchy chafes in this day and age, (see Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own for a meditation on the unsung...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018, 4:21 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

You seem to be referring to a mix of quotations or paraphrases. Henry Hudson wrote "Chaucer was not in any sense a poet of the people" in An Outline History of English Literature. Moody and Lovett...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2012, 4:24 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer is a poet of transition between a conversational colloquial style and a lofty poetic style. As Dante and Petrarch, two poets Chaucer cites throughout the Canterbury Tales, exalted the...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011, 9:25 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

In stories from Chaucer such as The Canterbury Tales, it should be clear that Chaucer has a rather dim view of the church. In your paper on Chaucer, you can write about how he satirizes practically...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018, 10:31 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

The age of Chaucer, which encompassed the second half of the fourteenth century, was a time of major change in Chaucer's England and in Europe as a whole. Chaucer's famous work The Canterbury Tales...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2012, 4:23 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer is smitten and, much like legions of romantic poets before and after him, employs a hyperbolic lexicon to express it. However, beneath the language we now find so typical of love poetry,...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019, 11:36 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer was considered the "English Homer" (http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/middleages/welcome.htm). That means that his writing did more for the English language (to solidify it) than...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2012, 4:54 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer was born around 1345 and died around 1400. He is a famous English poet whose best-known work is The Canterbury Tales. He is admired for his humor and for his understanding of human...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012, 7:44 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Three central circumstances mark Geoffrey Chaucer as a turning point in Medieval literature. (1) The other two prominent poets of the mid-to-late-1300s were either wholly or virtually anonymous,...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2013, 4:56 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

The passage in book 1, lines 66–93 of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The House of Fame" is subtitled "The Invocation." The speaker discusses a devotion, or invocation, that the speaker will make to the god of...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2020, 3:40 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

First, an allegory is: ...an extended metaphor in which a person...or event stands for itself and for something else...usually [involving] moral or spiritual concepts... The Middle Ages were a...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2012, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

All of the main themes in Chaucer's “A Ballad of Gentleness” relate in some way to virtue, or moral excellence. First of all, we have the theme of virtue's overriding importance. Virtue is a...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2021, 2:37 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

While some scholars try to label Chaucer a pro-feminist or a proto-feminist (a forerunner of the feminist movement), these labels don't really apply, because they are anachronistic. There was no...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2021, 12:13 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

In the "Canterbury Tales" Geoffrey Chaucer describes an age that was much different to our own modern one in terms of social practices, customs and beliefs - and his depiction of them makes very...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2010, 12:25 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

The Man of Law's tale shows how the main character, the aptly named Constance, is rewarded for her virtues of patience, constancy, and faith in Christ. She undergoes a complicated and often...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2021, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

After the Norman Conquest of 1066 in which William the Conqueror of Normandy (part of France) and his Norman noblemen eradicated Harold of Hastings and the Saxon nobles, French became the official...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2009, 4:20 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer is an English poet and writer who lived from about 1342–1400 in London. This was the high Middle Ages and the period in which the Black Death devastated the European population....

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019, 6:16 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer is known as the "Father of English Literature". He was born in approximately 1343 and throughout his life he wrote many works including The Canterbury Tales. He was born in London...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010, 10:56 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Twentieth-century scholars cemented Chaucer's reputation as the father of vernacular literature. Twentieth-century criticism has brought readers definitive versions of Chaucer's texts, emphasized...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2021, 1:55 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

One contribution that the twentieth century made to Geoffrey Chaucer criticism involves history. In 1908, a scholar named G. G. Coulton examined Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to highlight a vivid...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2021, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

The 14th c. in England was pre-Reformation, and the prevailing powers--the Catholic church and the English monarchy--were beginning their disagreements, which would come to a climax with Henry...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2011, 1:02 am (UTC)

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Geoffrey Chaucer

This is an interesting question, yet one that is not exactly clear as to meaning. I can think of three things you might mean by "table writer." You might mean (1) a correctly spelled idiomatic...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2013, 11:30 am (UTC)

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