By Tison Pugh
Geoffrey Chaucer is largely thought of the daddy of English literature. This creation starts with a overview of his lifestyles and the cultural milieu of fourteenth-century England after which expands into analyses of such significant works because the Parliament of Fowls, Troilus and Criseyde , and, after all, the Canterbury stories , analyzing them along a range of lesser recognized verses. one of many early hurdles confronted via scholars of Chaucer is attaining ease and fluency with center English, yet Tison Pugh offers a transparent and concise pronunciation consultant and a thesaurus to aid beginner readers navigate Chaucer's literature in its unique language. extra severe equipment, together with a survey of the writer's assets and short summaries of significant plot strains, make An advent to Geoffrey Chaucer an necessary source for college kids, academics, and an individual who has ever desired to study extra approximately this significant determine of English literature.
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970–71). Book 2 concludes with Chaucer’s arrival at the House of Fame, with the eagle departing and wishing him to benefit from his experiences there: “And God of heven sende the [you] grace / Some good to lernen in this place” (1087–88). As book 3 commences, Chaucer continues his pattern of establishing a new theme to his House of Fame in his invocation, and he now requests the assistance of Apollo (1091–1109). The god “of science and of lyght” (1091), Apollo is connected to divine revelation, and this aspect of the deity relates to Chaucer’s quest for knowledge about the universe and his position in it so that he can cement his status as a great poet.
The Legend of Philomela returns Chaucer’s collection of tales to the theme of rape first depicted in the Legend of Lucrece. It recounts the story of Tereus, who journeys to bring his wife Procne’s sister Philomela to their home for a visit (2244–78). Upon viewing Philomela, Tereus is seized by lust—“He caste his fyry herte upon hyre [her] so / That he wol have hir, how so that it go” (2292–93)—and brings her to a cave where he rapes her (2308–26). Further proving the horrid cruelty associated with male sexual desire, Tereus cuts out her tongue so that she cannot expose his crimes (2330–41).
The Roman monarchy collapses due to Tarquinius’s tyrannical behavior—“Ne never was ther kyng in Rome toun / Syn thilke [Since that] day” (1869–70)—and thus Lucretia’s suffering not only proves the power of female virtue but connects it to foundational governmental reforms as well. Much like Jason in the Legend of Hypsipyle and Medea, who relies on a woman’s assistance to overcome an overwhelming obstacle and then forsakes her, Theseus plays the cad in the Legend of Ariadne (in contrast to his more heroic role in Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale).
An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer by Tison Pugh