General Prologue To The Canterbury Tales

General Prologue To The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer / Jul 24, 2019

General Prologue To The Canterbury Tales Presents the text of Chaucer s General Prologue from the Riverside text with support on the portraits of individual pilgrims This edition has notes on the text and an Approaches section offering comm

  • Title: General Prologue To The Canterbury Tales
  • Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • ISBN: 9780198319672
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Presents the text of Chaucer s General Prologue, from the Riverside text with support on the portraits of individual pilgrims This edition has notes on the text and an Approaches section offering commentary and activities on key themes, such as Chaucer s portrayal of medieval society and his ironical tone.

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      • Geoffrey Chaucer

        Geoffrey Chaucer c 1343 October 25, 1400 was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language, rather than French or Latin.


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    1. Whilst Middle English can be a bit of a struggle to begin with, I am learning to appreciate Chaucer's gentle satire.


    2. In this review, I’m mainly concentrating on the edition I read (Oxford Student Texts edited by Peter Mack and Chris Walton) rather than Chaucer’s work itself. As you can see in my overall review of The Canterbury Tales (here /review/show/), I’ve been searching for an edition that provides the historical and cultural context as well as makes reading the original Middle English as easy as possible. On that quest, I decided to look into some of the editions that focus on one or two tales per [...]


    3. Dumbed-down transliterations of Old English may be easier to read, but they are not exciting.The entirety of this Prologue would be absolutely nonsensical to anyone who did not have historical background of the Catholic Church, and particularly the Catholic Church in 13th-century England. The Church paid for people's sins on indulgences, enabling them to become rich. Therefore any vow of poverty or paying of their federal income tax was negligent. However, there were some who were excited to tak [...]


    4. This is the first stage of my plan to read the whole of The Canterbury Tales and the works of Shakespeare one at a time in between more easy-reading. The General Prologue I've read many times before, so it was an easy introduction. Always a surprise as to how easy it is to make sense of it, as it the vibrant way in which the characters are introduced. Next up The Knight's Tale in a month or so.


    5. I love the idea of the canterbury tales, and Chaucer's framing technique is ingenious. Reading it in the original is middle english can at times be difficult, but if you persevere, it will be worth your while. I believe there is value to reading the original. Translations can be helpful, but you often times loose the essentially remarkable features (language, prosody) that Chaucer included.


    6. Interesting but it is a little too descriptive. I'm sure this sets up the stories nicely, as we get to know the characters fairly well through the prologue; however, I personally feel as though it is too much no matter how beautiful the language is.


    7. I'd forgotten how hard Old English was to read, took me an hour to get through this tiny book, and boy did I have a headache after, but it was great fun deciphering it again, and good practise, looking forward to reading more of the tales now!


    8. If read as a study of characterization, this is the best extant example in the English language (or middle English, if you're not reading a translation). If you want story, this won't even get you started on your pilgrimage.


    9. The Canterbury Tales was a difficult story for me to comprehend. Although short, it was too confusing with all of the main characters being talked about. All of the prologue does is introduce the characters who are going to visit the religious memorial.


    10. Positively Medieval! I had a go at this after reading A Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England. Chaucer has somehow got easier to read with age, and I'd forgotten all the rhyming couplets. On to some tales



    11. Great start, want to read all the tales, but I have no idea how I'm going to find time for that. Someone make up a time machine, please? Or, like, something that can stop the time





    12. It's really a portrait-gallery of pilgrims as well as a mirror of the 14th century England with all its goodness and vices.



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