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Portable Chaucer: Revised Edition (Revised)
Portable Chaucer: Revised Edition (Revised) | Geoffrey Chaucer
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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 courtly romance, bawdy "fabliaux," astute psychological portraiture, dramatic monologues, moral allegories, and its author s astonishing learning in fields from philosophy to medicine and astrology. Chaucer s accomplishment is unequalled by any poet before Shakespeare and in "The Canterbury Tales" and "Troilus and Cressida" ranks with that of the great English novelists. Both "The Canterbury Tales" and "Troilus and Cressida" are presented complete in this anthology, in fresh modern translations by Theodore Morrison that convey both the gravity and gaiety of the Middle English originals. "The Portable Chaucer" also contains selections from "The Book of Duchess, The House of Fame, The Bird's Parliament," and "The Legend of Good Women," together with short poems. Morrison's introduction is vital for its insights into Chaucer as man and artist, and as a product of the Middle Ages whose shrewdness, humor, and compassion have a wonderfully contemporary ring."
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The first stock, father of all nobleness-that man who lays claim to gentility must follow his steps, and his whole mind address to seek out virtue, and from vice to flee. To virtue alone belongs all dignity. Not to the opposite, I dare to lay it down, though he wear mitre, coronet, or crown

Angela_AVT I love Chaucer. 3y
Book_Gnome @Angela_AVT this surprises me not 😂 3y
Angela_AVT @A1001Musings don't make me recall my college memorization of a Canterbury tales passage. #dork #middleenglish #almostasgoodasmybritishenglishaccent 😂 3y
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