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Geoffrey Chaucer

(c. 1343 – 25 October 1400 / London, England)

Geoffrey Chaucer
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Geoffrey Chaucer known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to have been buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, alchemist and astronomer, composing a scientific treatise on the astrolabe for his ten year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Among his many works, which include The Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde, he is best known today for The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer is a crucial figure in ... more »

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  • ''And therfore, at the kynges court, my brother,
    Ech man for hymself, ther is noon oother.''
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), British poet. The Canterbury Tales, Arcite, in "The Knight's Tale," l. 1181-2 (c. 1387-1400), repr. In The Works of Geof...
  • ''What is this world? what asketh men to have?
    Now with his love, now in his colde grave
    Allone, withouten any compaignye.''
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), British poet. The Canterbury Tales, Arcite, in "The Knight's Tale," l. 2777-9 (c. 1387-1400), repr. In The Works of Geof...
  • ''Love is a thyng as any spirit free.
    Wommen, of kynde, desiren libertee,
    And nat to been constreyned as a thral;
    And so doon men, if I sooth seyen shal.''
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), British poet. The Canterbury Tales, "The Franklin's Tale," l. 767-70 (c. 1387-1400), repr. In The Works of Geoffrey Chau...
  • ''Ther nis no werkman, whatsoevere he be,
    That may bothe werke wel and hastily.''
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), British poet. The Canterbury Tales, Januarie, in "The Merchant's Tale," l. 1832-3 (c. 1387-1400), repr. In The Works of ...
  • Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth,
    Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
    The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
    Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,
    And smale fow...
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), British poet. The Canterbury Tales, "General Prologue," l. 5-12 (1387-1400), repr. In The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed....
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  • Julia Griffin (5/17/2014 5:28:00 AM)

    Some of his work I really love, this one just isn't a favourite, , though his poetry has made me begin to research more about him, brilliant man, very descriptive always

  • Jackie Gerhardy (5/17/2008 11:33:00 PM)

    Chaucer really was a bellwheter for his time!

    His work devles deep into characters and sculpts them beautifully for his readers.

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