chaucer & canterbury tales intro lesson
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DESCRIPTIONA fully transitioned slide show set to music with color art and embedded audio of a reading of part of the Prologue. Covers Chaucer's life and outlines The Canterbury Tales. Ends with references including links.
- 1. Geoffrey Chaucer andThe Canterbury Tales Overview of a Life and Work
2. Chaucer the man
- Born 1345-46 ?
- Positions held:
- Esquire of the royal court
- Comptroller of customs,
- port of London
- Soldier, Hundred Years War
- Justice of the peace
- Member of Parliament...Etc.!
3. Celebrated Author
- Among works written:
- The House of Fame,late 1370s.
- The Parliament of Fowls,1380.
- Boece, Troilus, and Croseyede , 1382-86.
- The Legend of Good Women ,1385-87.
- The Canterbury Tales.
- This was a 13-year project:
- begun 1387-92
- bulk written 1392-95latest tales 1396-1400
4. Chaucers Life and Family
- Chaucers father was a vintner.
- Chaucer belonged to the upper
- middle class.
- He had a wife and children.
- Well respected among peers and held in high esteem by king; received annual wine supplies, which later increased in size
- Little is known of his life beyondofficial duties and achievements.
- He died in 1400 (October 25?).
5. AboutThe Canterbury Tales
- A series of stories told by individuals representing a cross-section of medieval English society who undergo a Christian pilgrimage from London to Canterbury.
- Told as a game to make the journey less tiresome and grueling, and to see who tells the best tale.
- Many different storytellerssome rough, vain, or materialistic; others wise, pious, or noble.
- Therefore, many different tales...
6. The Characters
- The Knight
- The Miller
- The Reeve
- The Cook
- The Man of Law
- The Wife of Bath
- The Friar
- The Summoner
- The Clerk
- The Merchant
- The Squire
- The Franklin
7. More Characters
- The Physician
- The Pardoner
- The Shipman
- The Prioress
- Sir Topas
- The Monk
- The Nuns Priest
- The Canons Yeoman
- The Manciple
- The Parson
8. Structure and Themes
- A prologue precedes each characters tale
- The prologue introduces the character personally
- The tale reveals more through the characters chosen subject and treatment of that subject
- Major themes include morality and genuine vs. false pilgrimage
9. The Text in Verse: Prologue
- Here bygynneth theBook of the Tales ofCaunterbury .
- Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
- The droghte of March hath perced to theroote,. . .
- Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
- Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
- The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne. . . Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
- And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,
- To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
- And specially from every shires ende
- Of Engelond to Caunterbury theywende,
- Source:http://www.courses. fas . harvard . edu /~ chaucer / teachslf / gp -par. htm
10. Pronouncing Vowels inMiddle English Sounds like ModernMiddle English oa k o, oobote, boot (close o) b ough tolof, ok (open o) b oo t u, ouhus, hous f a ther a, aamate, maat b a g ebegge, rede (open e) m a te e, eeme, meet, mete (close e) m ee ty,imyne, sight 11. ASSIGNMENT: Click on the hyperlink below. Explore the website. Then, in a paragraph, describe three things that most interest, puzzle, or enlighten you about the information you find: Life in the Middle Ages . DUE 10/5. 12. Web References
- A Geoffrey Chaucer bio on a food-themed site with medieval recipes:www. godecookery .com/ chaucer / ccookery . htm
- About Chaucer andThe Canterbury Tales , plus text excerpts:http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/andhttp://www. unc . edu / depts / chaucer /
- Audio clip of professor reciting Canterbury prologue:http://academics.vmi.edu/english/audio/GP_Hanks.html
- Learning Middle English multiple-lesson website:http://www.courses. fas . harvard . edu /~ chaucer / teachslf /less-0. htm #Indexfound throughhttp://www.edsitement.neh.gov
- Aspects of Life in the Middle Ages, including quizzes and riddles:www.learner.org/ interactives / middleages /index.html
- Clip Art:http:// classroomclipart .com/ cgi -bin/kids/ imageFolio . cgi ?direct=History/Middle_Ages andhttp://www. godecookery .com/pilgrims/pilgrims. htm