By Tison Pugh

Geoffrey Chaucer is greatly thought of the daddy of English literature. This advent 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, in fact, the Canterbury stories , interpreting 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 advisor and a word list to assist 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 traces, make An advent to Geoffrey Chaucer an fundamental source for college kids, academics, and an individual who has ever desired to research extra approximately this important determine of English literature.

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The narrative pattern of the Legend of Good Women—in which a cad meets a virtuous woman, who falls for the cad, believes the cad loves her, and is then rejected by the cad—is well established at this point, and the Legend of Phyllis adheres to the familiar structure. After being tossed about by a storm at sea, Demophon and his ship land on Phyllis’s island. She instantly feels a strong attraction to him—“This honurable Phillis doth hym chere; / Hire liketh wel his port [bearing, deportment] and his manere” (2452–53)—and he promises to marry her (2472–74).

In this poetic masterpiece, tragedy should never be forgotten, although Chaucer frequently encourages readers to overlook its almost palpable presence in favor of the transitory pleasures of romance. Book 2 For the romance between Troilus and Criseyde to flourish, she must first learn of his affections, and Pandarus energetically shuttles back and forth between the two. Visiting Criseyde, he encourages her to prepare herself for love, but she does not see herself as a romance heroine (such as Guinevere in the Arthurian legends or Tristan’s Isolde); rather, she proclaims her desire for an introspective life as a widow.

In his short poem “The Complaint of Mars,” the narrator invokes St. Valentine in recounting the story of Mars’s disappointing journey in love: “Seynt Valentyne, a foul [bird] thus herde I synge / Upon thy day er sonne [before the sun] gan up-sprynge” (13–14). 145–47), and in “Complaynt D’Amours,” the narrator notes the occasion that sparks his love lament: This compleynte on Seint Valentynes day, Whan every foughel [fowl] chesen shal his make [mate], To hir, whos I am hool [wholly] and shal alwey, This woful song and this compleynte I make.

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