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 3)

Today, we will be examining lines 11-15 of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales; our investigation will be focusing only on the original Middle English and how the passage has been translated. Previous exercises, such as phonetic inscriptions and scansion, have been omitted for this post and likely many future posts simply to gain a better focus on…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 »

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 »