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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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Historical and Literary Analysis

Writing About Literature The objective of this assignment is improving your communication and analytical thinking skills by crafting an essay (1500-1750 words) that: 1) offers a scholarly interpretation of one of Chaucer’s shorter poems, and 2) engages the interpretations of

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