Love Visions by Geoffrey ChaucerLove Visions by Geoffrey Chaucer

Love Visions

byGeoffrey ChaucerTranslated byBrian StoneIntroduction byBrian Stone

Paperback | 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 four, the dreamer meets a widower who has loved and lost the perfect lady, and The House of Fame describes a dream journey in which the poet meets with classical divinities. Witty, lively and playful, The Parliament of Birds details an encounter with the birds of the world in the Garden of Nature as they seek to meet their mates, while The Legend of Good Women sees Chaucer being censured by the God of Love, and seeking to make amends, for writing poems that depict unfaithful women. Together, the four create a marvellously witty, lively and humane self-portrait of the poet.
Born in London to a wine merchant, Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340-1400) became a royal servant and travelled as a diplomat to France, Spain and Italy. As well as being famed for his translations, his own work includes Troilus and Criseyde, The Book of the Duchess and The Legend of Good Women
Title:Love VisionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.72 × 5.09 × 0.7 inPublished:August 25, 1983Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140444084

ISBN - 13:9780140444087


From Our Editors

In medieval times, love visions were dreams experienced exclusively by poets. These dreams revealed absolute truths about the rituals and emotions of courtly love. Editor Brian Stone brings readers through the dreams of the medieval age’s most brilliant author, Geoffrey Chaucer, with Love Visions: The Book of the Duchess, The House of Fame, The Parliament of Birds, The Legend of Good Women. This fine collection of four epic poems represents four different eras that span Chaucer’s entire working life. Through brilliant dialogues, wonderfully recounted events and whimsical humour, readers are treated to a surprisingly candid, yet very subtle, self-portrait of the immortal literary figure. This story provides a short essay, notes and an extended bibliography.