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 »

Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction (A Review)

What do we think of when we think of medieval literature? Probably texts which are dry and filled with moral and religious platitudes; maybe though we will think of Arthurian literature, however, and be filled with a bit more enthusiasm for adventure and courtly love. No matter what we view of medieval literature, however, there…Read more »

Some Remarks on Phonetics (Chaucerian Investigation: 2)

At this point in my investigation, I have not yet begun my work with Chaucer proper. Presently, I am engaged in preparatory study. I ordered a handy guide on Chaucer’s dialect of Middle English– a handy little booklet by Peter G. Beidler called A Student’s Guide to Chaucer’s Middle English— and so have been busy reading…Read more »

“The General Prolouge” and “The Physician’s Tale” Audiobook Review

Everyone knows Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.   Students of all ages, professors, historians, and more all have endeared and studied this novel of pilgrims one-upping each other in a tale-telling contest. Obviously, numerous audiobooks for it exist. Because it is a public domain text, everyone who thinks they have a voice worth hearing has…Read more »

Charting a Course for Adventure! (Chaucerian Investigation: 1)

(This is less an announcement and more of a memory post. I published this post about a year ago on my old medieval research blog, and obviously, I had big plans that I didn’t pursue. But, I am re-publishing it here because I may revisit these posts sometime soon; if this is the case, I…Read more »

Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Anglo-Saxon poetry is an interesting affair. Since it existed before the time of many different articulations of poetic scheme, Anglo-Saxon rhyming was bare bones compared to today. Poetry written by the Anglo-Saxons utilized alliterative schema; this means that each line of a poem had four stressed syllables with a “wild” sound inserted somewhere in-between those…Read more »