What's the genre of the Canterbury Tales?

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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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