Conferences on Books and Men

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byHenry Charles Beeching

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900. Excerpt: ... XVI. THE POETRY OF CHAUCER. On October 25, just five centuries ago, died Geoffrey Chaucer, the first English poet. This month Oct. 1900 we shall all be making some effort to do honour to his memory. Some of us may ride on horseback to Canterbury along the pilgrims' way, through Dartford and Rochester and Ospringe, changing for the nonce our ordinary methods of locomotion, like Chaucer's sailor, who Rode upon a rouncy as he could. Others of us, perhaps, performed the journey in 1885, upon the quingentenary of the original pilgrimage, and in April among the 'sweet showers,' and did not find the experience so exhilarating that we wish as yet to repeat it. For such, a four days' journey through the publications of the Chaucer Society may be recommended as an equivalent penance. Others again care little for celebrations and pilgrimages, and much for poetry; and they will probably turn to lucer's own book either in the sumptuous edition of Professor Skeat or the handy volume of Mr. Pollard. It is with the object of winning, if I may, some new readers for this great and lovable master that I this month" take up my pen. I shall say nothing about his life; the few facts are admirably marshalled in Mr. Alfred Pollard's shilling primer. Nor shall I say anything of rhyme-tests, and all the many interesting questions discussed among the learned. I address myself to the unlearned, to the many readers of poetry who are rather shy of Chaucer because of his queer spelling; and I will ask leave to put before them a few passages in the ordinary spelling of to-day, so far as rhyme and rhythm will allow; treating Chaucer, in fact, as we treat Shakespeare. If I could, I would persuade them of the unique beauty of Chaucer's verse, of his fine eye for colour, his excellent facul...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900. Excerpt: ... XVI. THE POETRY OF CHAUCER. On October 25, just five centuries ago, died Geoffrey Chaucer, the first English poet. This month ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217696929

ISBN - 13:9780217696920

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