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Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400) —“ Father of English literature/poetry ” 乔叟 —— 英国诗歌之父. Teaching Aims: 1. Introduce students to the writer 2. Familiarize students with ideas of the work and the language the writer used 3. Give them some knowledge of English metrics. Key Points to Teach:.
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——father of English poetry )
Wine merchant’s family, rub elbows with people from different walks of life.(refer to North-East Normal University; lecture notes for presentation)
1. Influenced by Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio
The House of Fame (1372—80)
Legend of Good Women (1380—86)
2. English period (1387—1400)
It is a pilgrimage scene from a stained glass window in Canterbury Cathedral.
a group of vivid sketches of medieval figures from different walks of life (except the highest and lowest)
Knight, squire, prioress, landed proprietor, wealthy tradesman, drunk cook, humble plowman, doctor, lawyer, monks of different orders, nuns, priests, a summoner, 5 husbands and lovers, a sailor, a miller, a carpenter, a yeoman, an oxford scholar, wife of Bath (most interesting), well-to-do independent, control over man
But for to tellen yow of his array,His hors were goode, but he was nat gay.Of fustian he wered a gyponAl bismotered with his habergeon,For he was late ycome from his viage,And wente for to doon his pilgrymage.
A swerd and bokeler bar he by his syde.
A whit cote and a blew hood wered he.
A bagpipe wel koude he blow and sowne,
And therwithal he brought us out of towne.
The Reeve sat upon a ful good stot
That was pomely grey and highte Scot.
A long surcote of pers upon he hade,
And by his syde he baar a rusty blade.
Ywympled wel, and on hir heed an hat
As brood as is a bokeler or a targe;
A foot-mantel aboute hir hipes large,
And on hir feet a paire of spores sharpe.
A MARCHANT was ther with a forked berd,In mottelee, and hye on horse he sat;Upon his heed a Flaundryssh bever hat,His bootes clasped faire and fetisly.
a pair of rhymed iambic pentameter lines
1.Introduced from France= Italy the rhymed stanzas of different forms:
Refer to the lecture notes “English Poetry”; North-East Normal University, Chenjia and others for details
1. meter: foot; rhyme scheme; scan
2. forms of poetry: heroic couplet etc;
3. analysis of the meter of an example from the text