Geoffrey Chaucer (/ˈtʃɔːsər/; c. 1343 – 25 October 1400), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, alchemist and astronomer, composing a scientific treatise on the astrolabe for his ten year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Among his many works, which include The Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde, he is best known today for The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer is a crucial figure in developing the legitimacy of the vernacular, Middle English, at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin. eoffrey Chaucer was born in London sometime around 1343, though the precise date and location of his birth remain unknown. His father and grandfather were both London vintners; several previous generations had been merchants in Ipswich. (His family name derives from the French chausseur, meaning "shoemaker".) In 1324 John Chaucer, Geoffrey's father, was kidnapped by an aunt in the hope of marrying the twelve-year-old boy to her daughter in an attempt to keep property in Ipswich. The aunt was imprisoned and the £250 fine levied suggests that the family was financially secure—bourgeois, if not elite. John Chaucer married Agnes Copton, who, in 1349, inherited properties including 24 shops in London from her uncle, Hamo de Copton, who is described in a will dated 3 April 1354 and listed in the City Hustings Roll as "moneyer"; he was said to be moneyer at the Tower of London. In the City Hustings Roll 110,
THE EXAMINATION OF THE LIFE OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER
As a Renaissance man of the Middle Ages, not only did Geoffrey Chaucer change the structure English language, but he also spread his influence through his community by his many occupations. Throughout his years as an author, Chaucer became a key component in the creation of Middle English by using his own techniques to develop and affirm the vernacular. The London poet remained known as the most highly regarded English poet of the Middle Ages.
In Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales", the Wife of Bath tells a tale that includes irony to her and Chaucer. She was considered a beautiful woman but today would be considered ugly. She is considered worthy but vulgar. The reader would think her title showed that she was a loyal wife but the reader will soon know that is not true. Her tale and she have some symbolism each other. Some aspects of the tale resemble Chaucer's life.
The general prologue of the "Canterbury Tales" by Chaucer the Wife…
The Canteberry tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, it’s a composition of all these tales in their pilgrimage. In the story I read the Physicians tales, Chaucer tells about a Judge who is overcome by lust, and wishes to get what he desires. But as Chaucer’s tale usually go the judge did not get as he desired. In his this story Chaucer uses a lot of literary Devices, but the ones that stick the most are satire, as the judges plan is foiled, metaphor as the knight honors is in risk, and holy war for…
Roman goddess possessed, or the power that came with the status of being a queen, princess or noble woman. There is one woman in epic literature that stands out form the others that preceded her, the Old Hag in, The Wife of Bath written by, Geoffrey Chaucer in the mid fourteenth century. The Old Hag was a woman who did not possess any form of power. Unlike many of the other women who appear in earlier literature such as, Juno (Aeneid), Venus (Aeneid) and Surpanakha, (Ramayana) they all possessed…
The Five (or So) People You Meet in Heaven: British Author Edition
Geoffrey Chaucer: So, what did everyone want to be when they grew up and how did that lead you to write? When I was little my father was a wine maker and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. As I got older I wasn’t really worried about my proffesion I just did not want to end up a bafoon like many of that time. I had to voice my opinion on that.
Jane Austen: To be honest, I had always wanted to become a writer, growing up my…
June 7, 2015
The Plagiarism of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
It has come to my attention that you have plagiarized a portion of your essay about Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Now, plagiarism is a writing faux pas that many individuals fall victim of. From civil activist, Martin Luther King, to the Beatles-plagiarism has been an aspect of their careers, and they have had to pay the consequences of it. In many cases plagiarism may be unintentional…
January 25, 2015
Why the audience love’s Geoffrey Chaucer
In the movie
A Knight’s Tale
, directed by Brian Still, Geoffrey Chaucer uses his
writing experience to produce very entertaining speeches. His quirky and unpredictable
personality truly makes him one of a kind when it comes to entertaining an audience.
The tone of his voice makes people become enthralled by what he is saying. His wide
variety of skill makes him appeal to both the noble and common man…
within a person is
measured by time, social status, and power. In Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Wyfe of Bath’s Tale”, a
young knight is introduced to the readers in the midst of a moral and social dilemma. The young knight is
accused of rape, and other than imprisonment, he must find out what women truly want. Violent crimes,
such as rape affects the victim and the perpetrator. The way Chaucer develops the young knight as a
character is consistent with Chaucer’s…
Canterbury Tales Essay
Based on the four tales, Geoffrey Chaucer depicts an ideal relationship between men and women during the Middle Ages. In “The Franklin’s Tale,” he explains that a relationship between a man and a woman should be equal; also mentions that they should be completely loyal and trustworthy towards each other. No matter the type of relationship the characters have in the tales, Chaucer proves his point that equality, loyalty, and trust are the right ways to go about a solid marriage…
Reading response 1
In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The General Prologue from the Canterbury Tales, he speaks of a pilgrimage that people often embark on. As he is in route on his pilgrimage, he encounters twenty-nine pilgrims that he spends a great deal of time characterizing. Based on the evidence that Chaucer provides, each pilgrim has a distinct personality that we can recognize from the way people behave in today’s society. However, Chaucer purposely makes the Wife of Bath stand out more in the prologue…