Canterbury Tales. Background Introduction. The Journey Begins . . . Chaucer uses a religious pilgrimage to the shrine of Thomas a’ Beckett to display all segments of medieval England. The Canterbury Tales begins with a Prologue,
Each character in The Canterbury Tales represents a different segment of society in Chaucer’s time. By noting the virtues and faults of each, Chaucer provides social commentary, writing that offers insight into society, its values, and its customs. While reading, draw conclusions from the characters about Chaucer’s views on English society.
Considered the father of English poetry because he was one of the first poets to write in Anglo-Saxon (English), the language of the common people, rather than in Latin or French (the language of the upper class)
Introduced iambic pentameter
Canterbury Tales contain many common archetypes
First writer buried in Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey
Prior to Chaucer, it was not acceptable to speak in English (Anglo Saxon)