crit resp 2

crit resp 2 - formel eagle first “It nedeth nought his...

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11 September 2007 Professor B.G. Harding ENG 3542-001 Critical Response #2 4. As Shakespeare and other poets have often alluded to in their work, Chaucer discusses a hierarchy amongst birds. He describes the winged hierarchy in great detail from the “gentil faucoun” to the “frosty feldefare.” Chaucer perhaps is providing a social commentary masks in his bestial storyline about the hierarchy of his time, divided by noblemen and common people. The noble falcon is regarded in highest esteem, by the birds and by nature herself and so he is granted permission to speak of his love for the
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Unformatted text preview: formel eagle first. “It nedeth nought his shap yow to devyse, He shal first chese and speken in his gyse” (lns. 398-399). The noble falcon is given an advantage just by his higher position in the bird hierarchy. He provides a formal speech that is much longer than the other two birds and also seems much more rehearsed. The noble falcon almost sounds like an Arthurian knight who is willing to serve his lady....
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