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By Tison Pugh

Geoffrey Chaucer is broadly thought of the daddy of English literature. This advent starts with a assessment of his existence 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 , studying them along a variety of lesser identified verses. one of many early hurdles confronted by means of scholars of Chaucer is reaching ease and fluency with heart English, yet Tison Pugh offers a transparent and concise pronunciation advisor and a word list to assist beginner readers navigate Chaucer's literature in its unique language. extra serious equipment, together with a survey of the writer's resources and short summaries of significant plot strains, make An advent to Geoffrey Chaucer an fundamental source for college students, academics, and somebody who has ever desired to study extra approximately this important determine of English literature.

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His heartfelt response of pity offers comfort without any real hope of lessening the Man in Black’s emotional torment. The Book of the Duchess concludes abruptly, with the hunt ending, the knight departing, and the narrator waking, and then determining to write down his dream: “Thys ys so queynt a sweven [dream] / That I wol, be processe of tyme, / Fonde [devise] to put this sweven in ryme” (1330– 32). Although many dream visions contain a clear moral for readers to glean from the dreamer’s experiences, such a lesson is not expressed at the conclusion of this narrative.

As narrator of the Parliament of Fowls, Chaucer begins his dream vision unlucky in love yet lucky in books, and he ends the narrative in much the same state. The chatter of the birds’ song in his dream wakes him up, and he contemplates how little his situation has changed: And with the shoutyng, whan the song was do [done] That foules maden at here flyght awey, I wok, and othere bokes tok me to, To reede upon, and yit I rede alwey. I hope, ywis, to rede so som day That I shal mete [encounter] som thyng for to fare The bet [better], and thus to rede I nyl nat spare.

With this introduction of romance themes into the dream vision, Chaucer shifts the poem from its epic material to a new interest in romance and thus underscores his need to suc- 18 An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer ceed in multiple artistic venues if he is to secure his position among the great authors throughout history. The very concept of the House of Fame confuses Chaucer, and he asks how Fame could gather all the information she possesses (701–6). The eagle answers his questions patiently, explaining that the House of Fame stands midway between heaven and earth and that all sounds ever spoken retire there (711–24); moreover, the sounds now residing in the House of Fame assume the appearance of the persons who spoke them on earth (1074–77).

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