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 »

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 »