Chaucerian Investigations: The Canterbury Tales (Day 4)

We return for another Chaucerian investigation, so buckle up and let the Middle English fun commence! Today, since I want to begin looking at slightly larger sections in future installments, we will be looking at simply three lines.                 Our passage reads:   Of Engelond to Caunterbury they wende, The holy blisful martyr for to seke…Read more »

Chaucerian Investigations: The Canterbury Tales (Day 2)

Today, we will be examining lines 6-10 of the General Prologue. This exercise will exclude reproductions of the phonetic inscriptions since I feel such a copying involves too much of a time investment to include with every post; readers may expect this exclusion to become the norm unless otherwise noted for a post. The remainder…Read more »

How I Now Look at Texts

Lately, I have been looking back on my brief Middle English stint, you know, where I was going through Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales in its original language while looking at several translations. That project (which I may continue).                 Though I have not any idea when I will be returning to that project, if ever, I have been…Read more »

Me Raving: Pilgrim’s Prize

As everyone with an interest in medieval literature should know, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales are among the most treasured pieces of medieval literature. Telling the stories of a group of pilgrims traveling to the holy shrine of Canterbury, the pilgrims, from all different social groups and classes, rest at an inn. The host of the inn,…Read more »

The Canterbury Tales (Initial Impression)

Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is among the best pieces of literature in the annals of English literature. Written in 1387 A.D. in a language which, at the time, was rarely, if ever, used for serious literature, Chaucer’s series of tales helped redefine language while catapulting English into a position of respect. For those of…Read more »