CHAUCER WIFE OF BATH LECTURE

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    Ms. Rachel Mazique  E316K British Literature with  Professor Christian  Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales : “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale”
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    The Book of the Duchess Chaucer’s first important original poem an allegorical elegy in the form of a dream vision written in the French tradition of Machaut and Froissart from the thirteenth-century dream allegory, Roman de la Rose , in which the dreamer/lover in the poem suffers melancholia for the love of a symbolic rosebud/virgin. commemorates John of Gaunt’s first wife, Blanche, the young Duchess of Lancaster, who died in 1368
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    Elegies, Allegories, and John of  Gaunt Gaunt was King Edward III’s third son Gaunt’s patronage enabled Chaucer to pursue a career at court They also became brother- in-laws when Gaunt married his third wife, Katherine Swynford, in 1396 (Chaucer married Philippa de Roet, sister of Katherine Swynford, in 1366)
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    Prologue”  A good Wif was ther of biside Bathe, But she was somdeel deef, and that was scathe. Of cloth-making she hadde swich an haunt, She passed hem of Ypres and of Gaunt. In al the parissh wif ne was ther noon That to the offring bifore hire sholde goon, And if ther dide, certain so wroth was she That she was out of alle charitee. Hir coverchiefs ful fine were of ground -- I dorste swere they weyeden ten pound That on a Sonday weren upon hir heed. Hir hosen weren of fin scarlet reed, Ful straite yteyd, and shoes ful moiste and newe. Bold was hir face and fair and reed of hewe. She was a worthy womman al hir live: Housbondes at chirche dore she hadded five, (ll. 447-462)
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    Old English Arour pa up aras; and strehte his ærmes he aras up and adun sat; swulc he weore swioe seoc. pa axede hine an uæir cniht; Lauerd hu hauest pu iuaren to-niht. Arour pa andswarede; a mode him wes uneoe. To-niht a mine slepe; per ich læi on bure. me imætte a sweuen; per-uore ich ful sa((ri)) æm. Me imette pat mon me hof; uppen are halle. pa halle ich gon bi-striden; swulc ich wolde riden. alle pa lond pa ich ah; alle ich per ouer sah. and Walwain sat biuoren me; mi sweord he bar an honde. pa com Moddred faren pere; mid unimete uolke. He bar an his honde; ane wiax stronge. He bigon to hewen hardliche swioe. (ll. 13,978-13,990)
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    Portrait of the Wife of Bath from “The  General Prologue” A good Wif was ther of biside Bathe, But she was somdeel deef, and that was scathe. Of cloth-making she hadde swich an haunt, She passed hem of Ypres and of Gaunt.
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