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 »

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 »

“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 »

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 »