Geoffrey Chaucer: The Father of English Poetry His Most Popular Work:
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DESCRIPTIONGeoffrey Chaucer: The Father of English Poetry His Most Popular Work: The Canterbury Tales - The Human Comedy. Important Facts. Chaucer was born in 1342 and died in 1400. The Canterbury Tales was his crowning achievement, which he never finished. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Geoffrey Chaucer:The Father of English Poetry
His Most Popular Work:The Canterbury Tales- The Human Comedy
Important FactsChaucer was born in 1342 and died in 1400.The Canterbury Tales was his crowning achievement, which he never finished.Chaucer wrote the CTs in Middle English, which is a mixture of Old French and Old English.
The Canterbury Tales: The BasicsIt is known as a Frame Tale- Contains a prologue and individual tales. The lines are written in heroic couplets. The poem includes pilgrims from three different class systems: 1. the laity 2. the religious 3. the feudal.The Canterbury Tales describes the religious journey (pilgrimage) from the Tabard Inn (London) to the shrine of Saint Thomas a Beckett located in the Canterbury Cathedral.
His Characters- Real or Fiction?Chaucer uses irony to paint his pilgrims as real people he may have encountered while completing diplomatic duties for England. Were not sure if Chaucer ever went on a pilgrimage; however, we do know that at one point in his life he did live in an apartment that overlooked the pilgrimage path out of the Southwark borough that heads to Canterbury.
A Few Pilgrims Well MeetKnight- Feudal Class, Perfect, Great Warrior
Doctor- Laity Class, Uses Astronomy to Diagnose Illnesses, Loves Using Gold in his practice
Pardoner- Religious Group, Sells fake relics to make money, Hypocrite, Greedy
Pilgrims in our SocietyPoliticians?Professional Athletes?Celebrities?CEOs, Big Business Executives?Religious People?Different Race and Ethnic groups?Upper class vs. Middle Class vs. Lower Class
The General Prologue (In Middle English)
Whan that Aprill with his shoures sooteThe droghte of March hath perced to the roote,And bathed every veyne in swich licourOf which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breethInspired hath in every holt and heathThe tendre croppes, and the yonge sonneHath in the ram his half cours yronne,And smale foweles maken melodye,That slepen al the nyght with open ye(so priketh hem nature in hir corages);Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,