What Did Chaucer Write?


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Lucy Burroughs Profile
Lucy Burroughs answered
Geoffrey Chaucer is widely considered to be the greatest poet of the Middle Ages. He’s best known for The Canterbury Tales, but he also wrote The Book of the Duchess, Parlement of Foules and Anelida and Arcite.

The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales was written towards the end of the 14th century and consists of twenty-four tales and a general prologue. Most are written in verse, but there are a couple in prose, too.

The Canterbury Tales focuses on a group of pilgrims on their journey to Canterbury Cathedral. While they’re traveling, the pilgrims have a story-telling contest, with each member of the group presenting a story to the others – all but the narrator, who may or may not be based on Chaucer.
The most famous tales are probably The Wife of Bath’s Tale, The Miller’s Tale and The Pardoner’s Tale. The Book of the Duchess This was Chaucer’s first major poem, and most Chaucer scholars believe it was written to commemorate the death of Blanche of Lancaster. There’s evidence to suggest that the poem was actually commissioned by Blanch of Lancaster’s husband, John of Gaunt.

Anelida and Arcite This poem is 357 lines long, and tells the story of the Greek Arcite and his attempts to woo Anelida, Queen of Armenia.
Parlement of Foules

Parlement of Foules is a dream-vision poem (a form that was really popular at the time – John Gower wrote a horrendous one called Vox Clamantis) in which the narrator falls asleep and is taken to Venus’s temple. Parlement of Foules is the first to name St. Valentine’s Day as a day of love and romance.
Other Works By Chaucer
  • The House of Fame
  • Treatise on the Astrolabe
  • The Legend of Good Women
  • Troilus and Criseyde
  • Several short poems
  • A couple of translations
Uzair Ahmed Profile
Uzair Ahmed answered
Geoffrey Chaucer was basically a diplomat by profession. He had been on various diplomatic missions to different countries on behalf of the King of England.

His frequent travelling to various countries, especially, Italy rendered him with some of good techniques in poetry. His metre and his style are most affected by his readings of French and Italian poetry.

Moreover, his diplomatic life enabled him to speak between the lines.

In his Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, he seldom comes up with any direct comment upon any of the characters.

Considering the age in which Chaucer wrote, the only way to get away with talking about the evils of the Church was to say it with tongue in cheek, and this is what he has exactly done. He has satirized almost all of his characters but has done so in such a manner that he can defend himself in case of any allegation that he had insulted any of the characters.

His portrayal of the characters is apparently positive and he never gives a feeling that he has something against any of the characters.

But what he does, in fact, is portray truth wrapped beautifully in lies.
Rebecca Jordan Profile
Rebecca Jordan answered
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote many works of literature in his lifetime (1343-1400) but The Canterbury Tales is by far the most famous.

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories, written mainly in verse. As Chaucer wrote in Old English, the works can be very difficult to understand for a novice, so many texts now include a translation into modern English.

The Canterbury Tales include The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, The Miller's Tale, The Knight's Prologue and Tale, The Merchant's Prologue and Tale and  The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale. Geoffrey Chaucer was born in England but travelled around Spain, France and Italy which undoubtedly influenced his writing.

It is believed that Chaucer started work on The Canterbury Tales at the beginning of the 1380s but stopped work on them by the end of the 1390s.

He also wrote the poem Troilus and Criseyde which was set during the Trojan War.
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Anonymous commented
No Geoffrey had to stop working on the canterbry tales because he died in 1400 but planned to have 30 stories NOT 24 in it.
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The Canterbury Tales.

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