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Spanning Chaucer's working life, these four poems build on the medieval convention of love visions' - poems inspired by dreams, woven into rich allegories about the rituals and emotions of courtly love. In "The Book of the Duchess", the most traditional of the four, the dreamer meets a widower who has loved and lost the perfect lady, and "The House of Fame" describes a dre ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 26th 1983 by Penguin Classics
(first published 1983)
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The middling rating for this book is based not on the merit of the poems themselves, but on the near criminal editorial attention the translator gave to this collection. First, the title is inaccurate; a better title might be "Dream Visions", as three out of the four poems begin with the conceit that Chaucer is relating a dream engendered, of course, by the aid of a good book. Second, the editor freely admits he chose texts based on personal preference, and in doing so, alters the translation to ...more
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...