Geoffrey Chaucer


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THE LIFE OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER

 

Year of birth

 

Year of death

1340

 

1400

He was born in London

He has been buried in

Westminster Abbey

(Poet’s Corner)

                                        

1340                                                                                                                                                                                                 

“THE FATHER OF ENGLISH POETRY”

 

 

In 1372 he visits Italy

 

Dante:  Boccaccio:   Petrarca
Divina Commedia Decamernon  

                                                                     

So he writers

 

THE CANTERBURY TALES

 

 

WORKS

 

CHAUCER’s literary production is usually divided into three periods:

 

FIRST PERIOD

(imitation of the French)

1359-1372

 Le Roman de la Rose, an unfinished translation of the French allegorical poem.                                      

The Book of the Duchess, an allegorical lament on the death of John of Gaunt’s first wife

 

SECOND PERIOD

(mostly under Italian and Latin influence)

1372-1386

Troilus and Criseyde, from Boccaccio’s Filostrato

The house of Fame, for which he was partly indebted to Dante and Ovid.

The Legend of Good Women, made up of an allegorical prologue and nine stories of women.

The Parliament of Fowls, rich in comic spirit.

 

THIRD PERIOD

(also called the English Period)

1386-1400

The Canterbury Tales, although some of the tales later introduced into the work had been written earlier .

 

The Canterbury Tales

 

 

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