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Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales. English 12. I. The Father of English poetry. He made English _ Respectable _. People usually wrote major works in _ Latin _ and _ French _. Composed in the vernacular or _ in everyday spoken language in London. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury TalesEnglish 12

I. The Father of English poetry

He made English _Respectable_.

People usually wrote major works in _Latin_ and _French_.

Composed in the vernacular or _in everyday spoken language in London.

Was a well-known government official.

II. Early life

Born into a middle class family in the 1340s

Big reader and had legal training

He was a soldier during the 100 Years War. Was captured in _France__. Was important enough to have King Edward pay his ransom.

III. Writing_His government job____ took precedence over his writing.

Wrote about those that had power over him, but his writing was more than an attempt at political advancement or a passing fancy.

IV. Italian ConnectionWas influenced by _Dante_, _Petrarch_, and Boccaccio_.Used a framing device within which _the characters tell their tales, and both include tales based on similar old plots__. Chaucers frame tale is a religious pilgrimage in which each traveler is to tell _4 stories_. _2_ going out and _2__ returning. Never finished the Canterbury Tales.

V. Writing form & structureUsed Iambic Pentameter- meter is based 10 syllables, with an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. /u

Example: And bathed every veyne in swich licour

No more alliterationWrote in couplets

VI. The Canterbury TalesThe story begins with all walks of life from the Middle Ages carrying out a pilgrimage to the shrine of _Thomas a Becket__.

The pilgrimage takes place during _spring_. This symbolizes _new life and awakening.

The poet-pilgrim narrator starts out at Tabard Inn where he meets _29_ other pilgrims.

VI. The Canterbury Tales contd.The host of the Tabard suggests to the pilgrims that they _tell tales to pass the time_. This sets up Chaucers frame story format.As a pilgrimage story, it is one of the worlds many _quest narratives_. The pilgrims are in search of _renewal_. Because they come from all walks of life, they cannot help but represent the _everyman_.

Literary TermsFrame Story: a story that contains any number of different stories.Characterization: creates/reveals the personality of a character. 5 ways to do this:Narrators descriptionPhysical descriptionWords/actions of characterThoughts and feelings of characterHow others respond to themCharacter ChartPhysical descriptionHow others respondThoughts & actionsNarrators description