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General Prologue To The Canterbury Tales

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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.
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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, 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
Positively Medieval! I had a go at this after reading A Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England. Chaucer has somehow got easier to read with age, and I'd forgotten all the rhyming couplets. On to some tales...
Middle English Chaucer with an introduction .
Great start, want to read all the tales, but I have no idea how I'm going to find time for that. Someone make up a time machine, please? Or, like, something that can stop the time...
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.
Samantha Maloney
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.
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The Canterbury Tales was a difficult story for me to comprehend. Although short, it was too confusing with all of the main characters being talked about. All of the prologue does is introduce the characters who are going to visit the religious memorial.
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!
If read as a study of characterization, this is the best extant example in the English language (or middle English, if you're not reading a translation). If you want story, this won't even get you started on your pilgrimage.
Paints every charachter with utmost realism and humanism!
Delightful, as always...
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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 ...more
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