English 201 - The Canterbury Tales

English 201 - The Canterbury Tales - The Canterbury Tales...

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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400) Son of a merchant, serves as page in aristocratic household Served King Richard II (r. 1377-1399) Later became Justice of the Peace and a Member of Parliament Credited with establishing English as a valid literary language General: Written 1386-1400 Rhyming couplets in iambic pentameter lines Original plan for 120 stories Pilgrimage – As framing device Estates Satire – literary form that seeks to expose and satirize corruption at all levels of society
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