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The Portable Chaucer: Revised Edition

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In the fourteenth century Geoffrey Chaucer, who served three kings as a customs official and special envoy, virtually invented English poetry. He did so by wedding the language of common speech to metrical verse, creating a medium that could accommodate tales of…
The Canterbury Tales: (original-spelling Edition)
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|August 30, 2005

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One of the greatest and most ambitious works in English literature, in the original Middle English The Canterbury Tales  depicts a storytelling competition between pilgrims drawn from all ranks of society. The tales are as various as the pilgrims themselves,…
The Canterbury Tales
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|February 4, 2003

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Nevill Coghill’s masterly and vivid modern English verse translation with all the vigor and poetry of Chaucer’s fourteenth-century Middle English In  The Canterbury Tales  Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a…
Love Visions
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|August 25, 1983

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Spanning Chaucer's working life, these four poems build on the medieval convention of 'love visions' - poems inspired by dreams, woven into rich allegories about the rituals and emotions of courtly love. In The Book of the Duchess, the most traditional of the…
Troilus And Criseyde
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|April 30, 1971

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Chaucer's longest complete poem is the supreme evocation of doomed courtly love in medieval English literature. Set during the tenth year of the siege of Troy, the poem relates how Troilus - with the help of Criseyde's wily uncle Pandarus - persuades her to…
The Canterbury Tales: The First Fragment
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|November 1, 1996

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The most complete of all remaining surviving fragments sections of The Canterbury Tales, the First Fragment contains some of Chaucer's most widely enjoyed work. In The General Prologue, Chaucer introduces his pilgrims through a set of speaking portraits, drawn…