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Sonnet: -14 lines - derive from a French form called the sestina- which was 1 st written in English by Sir Thomas White in the 13 th century at Cecilian court in Italy. -2 types: Italian - 14 lines which are broken down into: -an octet= 8 lines which generally form a problem or ask a question. -sestet= 6 lines which answers the problem or question posed by the octet resolving situation. Rhyming sonnet: ABBAABBA (octet) with 10 syllables on each line (iambic pentameter) English - 14 lines which break down into 3 quatrains and 1 couplet (answers, sums up the poem Rhyming sonnet: iambic pentameter (10 syllables) 1 st quatrain (ABAB) 2 nd quatrain (CDCD) 3 rd quatrain (EFEF) couplet (GG) Shakespeare’s sonnets: 1-126- about a man named Henry Wriothesley 127-147 dark sentious mistress The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue: Reproduces the actual spelling of manuscripts before spelling became more or less standardized. Individual scribes employed their own spelling practices in which a scribe might spell the same word differently at different times. Summary : The narrator opens the General Prologue with a description of the return of spring. He describes the April rains, the burgeoning flowers and leaves, and the chirping birds. Around this time of year, the narrator says, people begin to feel the desire to go on a pilgrimage. Many devout English pilgrims set off to visit shrines in distant holy lands, but even more choose to travel to Canterbury to visit the relics of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, where they thank the martyr for having helped them when they were in need. The narrator tells us that as he prepared to go on such a pilgrimage, staying at a tavern in Southwark called the Tabard Inn, a great company of twenty-nine travelers entered. The travelers were a diverse group who, like the narrator, were on their way to Canterbury. They happily agreed to let him join them. That night, the group slept at the Tabard, and woke up early the next morning to set off on their journey. Before continuing the tale, the narrator declares his intent to list and describe each of the members of the group. PG 23 and 24 highlighted lines speaking about the Wife of Bath General Prologue: The Knight through the Man of Law Fragment I, lines 43–330 Summary: The narrator begins his character portraits with the Knight . In the narrator’s eyes, the Knight is the noblest of the pilgrims, embodying military prowess, loyalty, honor, generosity, and good manners. The Knight conducts himself in a polite and mild fashion, never saying an unkind word about anyone. The Knight ’s son, who is about twenty years old, acts as his father’s squire, or apprentice. Though the Squire has fought in battles with
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great strength and agility, like his father, he is also devoted to love. A strong, beautiful, curly-haired young man dressed in clothes embroidered with dainty flowers, the Squire fights in the hope of winning favor with his “lady.” His talents are those of the courtly
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