Monthly Archives: September 2012

Poetic Satire: A Complaint to “Courtly Love”

by Mykhail Chambers Many literary scholars consider Geoffrey Chaucer to be the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. While he was most known for his poems and tales, Chaucer also achieved fame as an alchemist, philosopher, astronomer, and scientist.

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Is this True Love? An Analysis of “To Rosemounde” by Chaucer

by Lily Peng The original manuscript of Chaucer’s “To Rosemounde: A Balade” Not many have noticed the subtle word choices in medieval writer Geoffrey Chaucer’s lesser known poem, “To Rosemounde: A Balade.” For some critics, the true meaning behind the

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Chaucer’s Complaint of Mars: Love and Fate in the Middle Ages

For many people living in fourteenth century love was complicated. Not only did one have to win the heart of their lover, but also hope that none above them had other designs in mind. The average man during this time

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Chaucer’s Political Self-Preservation

Chaucer’s short poem “Lak of Stedfastnesse” relates the political upheaval occurring throughout the late fourteenth century to Chaucer’s perception of a lost sense of morality, virtue, and steadfastness within Medieval English society.  However, Chaucer’s accusations and attempts to strengthen moral

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Truth to all, and “thou Vache”

“Truth”, or the “Balade de Bon Coseyl” is one Chaucer’s shorter poems, and it accomplishes a good bit contextually in just twenty eight lines. One of the more important features of this shorter poem is the “envoy”, or an extra

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The Pardoner’s Tale and the Canterbury Tales as a Death Warrant

In week five of our class we discussed Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale” (the prologue and the tale itself) and “The Canterbury Tales as a Death Warrant” chapter from the Jones text. We talked about Chaucer’s depictions of members of the

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Knights, Peasants, and Alchemists, Oh My!

The Knight’s, Miller’s, and Canon’s Yeoman’s Tales     Knights   In class this week, the three tales we read from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales were the Knight’s Tale, the Miller’s Tale, and the Canon’s Yeoman Tale.  The first of these,

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The Miller, The Canon’s Yeoman, and Chaucer’s Last Bloody Year

This week, we explored Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale, The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale, and “Chaucer’s Last Bloody Year”, in the Jones text. We discussed the topics of: the historical context of The Knight’s Tale[1], the interjection of The Miller’s Tale after The

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The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale and Alchemy

Picture of a Surplice, a traditional priest’s garment that the Canon’s Yeoman wore.   The Planetary metals and their respective alchemical symbols, including the “Seven Bodies” mentioned by the Yeoman (The sun (gold), the moon (silver), Mars (iron), Mercury

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Alchemy in the Middle Ages

Of the images that we had the opportunity to look at, this one reminded us of the passage in “The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale,” in which the tools used in alchemy are described: “Violes, croslets, and sublymatories, /Cucurbites, and alembykes eek,

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