The Canterbury Tales (1387-1400) . by Geoffrey Chaucer. Introduction of Geoffrey Chaucer Introduction of the Canterbury Tales Analysis of this work Contribution by the author. GEOFFERY CHAUCER. Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400).
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by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales 《坎特伯雷故事集》
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However, incomplete as these stories are, they cover practically the whole major literary genres（文学体裁） in medieval Europe（中世纪欧洲）,such as:
legendary epic sagas（传奇英雄史诗）,
moral allegories（伦理故事）, etc.
1. Present a vivid collection of character sketches.
2. Reveal the author’ s intention in bringing together a great variety of people and narrative material together.
3. Set the tone for the story-telling:
It covers a wide range of characters from top to bottom in the England of that time.
Social class and convention
No other work prior to Chaucer's is known to have set a collection of tales within the framework of pilgrims on a pilgrimage.However,Chaucer borrowed portions of his stories from earlier stories and that his work was influenced by the general state of the literary world in which he lived. Storytelling was the main entertainment in England at the time, and storytelling contests had been around for hundreds of years. The winner received a crown and, as with the winner of the Canterbury Tales, a free dinner.
Chaucer’s poetry is plainly narrative . Everything is based on reality .Chaucer’s language ,now called Middle English ,is vivid and exact . He is a master of word –pictures. His verse is among the smoothest in English . Hardly a single word will offer difficulties to a man of sufficient reading in modern English . Repetition with variation is redundant .