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Geoffrey chaucer

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Geoffrey chaucer

  1. 2. <ul><li>The writer of the bourgeoisie </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote about the things he saw and the people he met </li></ul><ul><li>Born in London </li></ul><ul><li>Father - wealthy wine merchant </li></ul><ul><li>Good education – Oxford or Cambridge </li></ul><ul><li>A page to Princess Elizabeth </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>A soldier, captured and imprisoned </li></ul><ul><li>A diplomat in Italy </li></ul><ul><li>In 1360s – started his literary career </li></ul><ul><li>3 periods </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Imitations of French romances </li></ul><ul><li>Liked the rhythm and rhyme of French poetry </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Romance of the Rose“ </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>In 1373 – made trips to Italy </li></ul><ul><li>The House of Fame </li></ul><ul><li>The Parliament of Birds </li></ul><ul><li>Troilus and Cressida – the first psychological work </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Became a customs officer in London port </li></ul><ul><li>Observed people </li></ul><ul><li>An MP for Kent after the death of Edward III </li></ul><ul><li>Pilgrims on their way to Canterbury </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>THE CANTERBURY TALES </li></ul><ul><li>A series of stories written in verse </li></ul><ul><li>Boccaccio’s “Decameron“ as an example </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>FRAMEWORK - a pilgrimage to Canterbury </li></ul><ul><li>PROLOGUE – introduces the pilgrims, individuals, characteristic of their ranks </li></ul><ul><li>IDEA - the inn keeper, tell stories, a free supper for the best story teller </li></ul><ul><li>Unfinished because Chaucer died </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>A good overview of the 14th century English society </li></ul><ul><li>Attacks the church with humour </li></ul><ul><li>Hatered towards tyranny </li></ul><ul><li>Love for common people </li></ul><ul><li>A new literary language </li></ul>

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