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General Prologue To The Canterbury Tales
Presents the text of Chaucer's General Prologue, from the Riverside text with support on the portraits of individual pilgrims. This edition has notes on the text and an Approaches section offering commentary and activities on key themes, such as Chaucer's portrayal of medieval society and his ironical tone.
Published by Not Avail
(first published January 2nd 1965)
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In this review, I’m mainly concentrating on the edition I read (Oxford Student Texts edited by Peter Mack and Chris Walton) rather than Chaucer’s work itself. As you can see in my overall review of The Canterbury Tales (here http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...), I’ve been searching for an edition that provides the historical and cultural context as well as makes reading the original Middle English as easy as possible. On that quest, I decided to look into some of the editions that focus on ...more
This is the first stage of my plan to read the whole of The Canterbury Tales and the works of Shakespeare one at a time in between more easy-reading. The General Prologue I've read many times before, so it was an easy introduction. Always a surprise as to how easy it is to make sense of it, as it the vibrant way in which the characters are introduced. Next up The Knight's Tale in a month or so.
I love the idea of the canterbury tales, and Chaucer's framing technique is ingenious. Reading it in the original is middle english can at times be difficult, but if you persevere, it will be worth your while. I believe there is value to reading the original. Translations can be helpful, but you often times loose the essentially remarkable features (language, prosody) that Chaucer included.
I'd forgotten how hard Old English was to read, took me an hour to get through this tiny book, and boy did I have a headache after, but it was great fun deciphering it again, and good practise, looking forward to reading more of the tales now!
Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – October 25, 1400?) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacu ...moreMore about Geoffrey Chaucer...