Geoffrey Chaucer lived from 1343-1400 and wrote The Canterbury Tales among other works of art. Other who lived and wrote during his lifetime were Giovanni Boccaccio, (1313-1375) who wrote The Decameron; Dante Alighieri, (1265-1321) who wrote The Divine Comedy; and, Francesco Petrarca, (or Petrarch, 1304-1374) who wrote Secretum and The Guide to the Holy Land. At that time, everyone wrote in poetic form in order to be considered a serious writer. Form, rhyme, meter and quality of story were regarded as needed skills to create a work of art. Not only that, but many writers seemed to write from pious hearts. They wrote about one's struggle through life in order to get to Heaven; but Chaucer, on the other hand, was one of the first to practice satire and sarcasm in the face of the church.