Dream Visions and Other Poems

ISBN-10: 0393925889
ISBN-13: 9780393925883
Edition: 2006
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Description: Suitable for both beginning and advanced students, this work contains Geoffrey Chaucer's four dream visions and selected shorter poems that are glossed and accompanied by individual introductions and explanatory annotations. The contexts section  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Suitable for both beginning and advanced students, this work contains Geoffrey Chaucer's four dream visions and selected shorter poems that are glossed and accompanied by individual introductions and explanatory annotations. The contexts section roots the poems in their classical and medieval foundations.

Geoffrey Chaucer, one of England's greatest poets, was born in London about 1340, the son of a wine merchant and deputy to the king's butler and his wife Agnes. Not much is known of Chaucer's early life and education, other than he learned to read French, Latin, and Italian. His experiences as a civil servant and diplomat are said to have developed his fascination with people and his knowledge of English life. In 1359-1360 Chaucer traveled with King Edward III's army to France during the Hundred Years' War and was captured in Ardennes. He returned to England after the Treaty of Bretigny when the King paid his ransom. In 1366 he married Philippa Roet, one of Queen Philippa's ladies, who gave him two sons and two daughters. Chaucer remained in royal service traveling to Flanders, Italy, and Spain. These travels would all have a great influence on his work. His early writing was influenced by the French tradition of courtly love poetry, and his later work by the Italians, especially Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch. Chaucer wrote in Middle English, the form of English used from 1100 to about 1485. He is given the designation of the first English poet to use rhymed couplets in iambic pentameter and to compose successfully in the vernacular. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is a collection of humorous, bawdy, and poignant stories told by a group of fictional pilgrims traveling to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket. It is considered to be among the masterpieces of literature. His works also include The Book of the Duchess, inspired by the death of John Gaunt's first wife; House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls, and The Legend of Good Women. Troilus and Criseyde, adapted from a love story by Boccaccio, is one of his greatest poems apart from The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer died in London on October 25, 1400. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, in what is now called Poet's Corner.

A quick course in Chaucer's language
The book of the Duchess
The house of fame : book 1
The house of fame : book 2
The house of fame : book 3
The parliament of fowls
The legend of good women
The prologue to the legend of good women
Cleopatra
Thisbe
Dido
Hypsipyle and Medea
Lucrece
Ariadne
Philomela
Phyllis
Hypermnestra
Anelida and Arcite
An ABC
Chaucer's words to Adam, his own scribe
Merciless beauty
To Rosemounde
Truth
Gentilesse
Lack of steadfastness
Envoy to Scogan
Envoy to Bukton
The complaint of Chaucer to his purse
From Chaucer in cyberspace : medieval technologies of memory and the House of Fame
From the Aeneid
From the Heroides
From the Metamorphoses
From Scipio's Dream
From the commentary on Scipio's dream
From the consolation of philosophy
From the complaint of nature
From the romance of the rose
From the divine comedy
From the fountain of love
From the book of Theseus (Il Teseide)
Prom Chaucer's early poems
[The parliament of fowls as dream-poetry]
From Chaucer's circle of gentlemen and clerks
Chaucer's victimized women
The feminization of men in Chaucer's Legend of good women
From medical and moral authority in the late medieval dream
Geoffrey Chaucer : a chronology

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