By Tison Pugh
Geoffrey Chaucer is greatly thought of the daddy of English literature. This advent starts off with a evaluate 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 range of lesser recognized verses. one of many early hurdles confronted by means of scholars of Chaucer is reaching ease and fluency with heart English, yet Tison Pugh presents a transparent and concise pronunciation advisor and a word list to aid amateur readers navigate Chaucer's literature in its unique language. extra serious equipment, together with a survey of the writer's assets and short summaries of significant plot traces, make An creation to Geoffrey Chaucer an necessary source for college students, lecturers, and somebody who has ever desired to study extra approximately this important determine of English literature.
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Chaucer also prays to Jesus in his invocation (94–106), thus melding classical and Christian themes in his work. After Chaucer falls asleep, his dream commences with a recounting of one of the most famous classical epics, Virgil’s Aeneid. Discovering himself in Venus’s temple, Chaucer finds the epic “writen on a table of bras [brass]” (142) and then recalls its many momentous scenes: the fall of Troy and Aeneas’s subsequent escape from his doomed homeland (151– 211); Venus’s intercession to Jove on her son Aeneas’s behalf (212–38); Aeneas and Dido’s love affair, which ends tragically with her suicide after his departure to Italy (239–432); and Aeneas’s arrival in Italy, his victorious battles, and his marriage to Lavinia (433–67).
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).
Her outer qualities are matched by her inner graces, such that the Man in Black praises her upright morals and her concern for her reputation: “Therwith she loved so wel ryght She wrong do wolde [would do] to no wyght [person]. ” (1015–18) The Man in Black’s beloved represents the epitome of female constancy and virtue, and he honors her memory by remaining faithful to her despite her death. He gladly accepts his position as a slave to love, for it provides pleasure for him, as it formerly provided pleasure to his beloved (758–74).
An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer by Tison Pugh