What’s in a Manuscript?

  From Parchment to Poet The week’s (Week 6) discussions opened up a side to Medieval English literature that we had not considered before. Readers have the habit of giving praise only to the author; little beyond the words is

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Chaucer and his Scribe

In “Words unto Adam His Own Scriveyne”, Chaucer uses sarcasm and wit, to expose the relationship between scribes and writers during medieval times. There has been much speculation. It is unclear whether the poem is a verse written as folly

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Chaucer’s Proverbs

In 1965, an article written by scholar George B. Pace for the journal Studies in Bibliography made one point clear about Chaucer’s Proverbs: no matter how we try, currently it is impossible for us to conclude whether Proverbs was indeed

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The Dubious Authorship of “A Balade of Complaint”

By Kelly Snyder Geoffrey Chaucer: poet, astronomer, philosopher, and father of English literature. He has written many great works including several short poems known as “complaints”. The complaint as a literary genre gained some popularity in Chaucer’s time as a

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Chaucer and the Suppression of Romantic Energy

The origin of Complaynt D’Amours has been a subject of debate among Chaucerian scholars- many do not consider it to be one of the works of Chaucer at all.  Yet, as a poem, it follows many of the conventions of

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Chaucer’s Complaint to His Empty Purse – But Complaining to Whom?

By Alex Bayer During the burgeoning age of literature in the time of Geoffrey Chaucer, poems and other works were used not only as entertainment, but also, in some cases, as general written communication. While this was not necessarily common,

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“Merciles Beaute”: Historical and Literary Analysis – Final Revision

Merciles Beaute: A Triple Roundel Middle English Merciles Beaute: A Triple Roundel I Your yen two wol slee me sodenly; I may the beautee of hem not sustene, So woundeth hit throughout my herte kene.   And but your word

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A Literary Analysis on “Womanly Noblesse”

“Womanly Noblesse,” one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s earlier short poems, reflects some of the author’s own feminist views as he incorporates a gender role reversal through his characters. During medieval times, men represented authority figures while women played the role of

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Fortune as a metaphor for the medieval church

Geoffrey Chaucer created the short poem ‘Fortune’ during a time of great economic and political turmoil in late 14th century England.  The ongoing war with France, the difficulties following the succession of the young Richard, and social upheaval of The

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The Former Age

Historical and Literary Analysis: The Former Age BY: James Zachary Davis http://machias.edu/faculty/necastro/chaucer/texts/short/formage07.txt Chaucer’s short poem, The Former Age, contrasts the past, golden “Eden-like” age of mankind, with that of the dissolute present age. Chaucer describes the present age as being

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