Halleck's New English Literature eBook

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Give a clear-cut description of the six of Chaucer’s pilgrims that impress you most strongly.  How has the Prologue added to our knowledge of life in the fourteenth century?  Give examples of Chaucer’s vivid pictures.  What specimens of his humor does the Prologue contain?  Do any of Chaucer’s lines in the Prologue show that the Reformation spirit was in the air, or did Wycliffe and Langland alone among contemporary authors afford evidence of this spirit?  Compare Chaucer’s verse with Langland’s in point of subject matter.  What qualities in Chaucer save him from the charge of cynicism when he alludes to human faults?  Does the Prologue attempt to portray any of the nobler sides of human nature?  Is the Prologue mainly or entirely concerned with the personality of the pilgrims?  Has Chaucer any philosophy of life?  Are there any references to the delights of nature?  Note any passages that show special powers of melody and mastery over verse.  Does the poem reveal anything of Chaucer’s personality?  In your future reading see if you can find another English story-teller in verse who can be classed with Chaucer.


[Footnote 1:  The Tempest, V., I.]

[Footnote 2:  For the location of all the English cathedral towns, see the Literary Map, p.  XII.]

[Footnote 3:  and.]

[Footnote 4:  April.]

[Footnote 5:  little.]

[Footnote 6:  in her language.]

[Footnote 7:  Spring.]

[Footnote 8:  in its turn.]

[Footnote 9:  birds.]

[Footnote 10:  song.]

[Footnote 11:  sigh.]

[Footnote 12:  sorely.]

[Footnote 13:  called.]

[Footnote 14:  against.]

[Footnote 15:  will.]

[Footnote 16:  them.]

[Footnote 17:  arrayed.]

[Footnote 18:  garments.]

[Footnote 19:  shepherd.]

[Footnote 20:  hermit.]

[Footnote 21:  hills.]

[Footnote 22:  wonder.]

[Footnote 23:  tired out with wandering.]

[Footnote 24:  brook.]

[Footnote 25:  reclined.]

[Footnote 26:  sounded.]

[Footnote 27:  to make dykes or ditches.]

[Footnote 28:  to dig.]

[Footnote 29:  to thrash (ding).]

[Footnote 30:  sheaves.]

[Footnote 31:  dazed.]

[Footnote 32:  hermit.]

[Footnote 33:  The Prologue, Lines 331-335.]

[Footnote 34:  The cuts of the Pilgrims are from the Fourteenth Century Ellesmere MS. of Canterbury Tales.]

[Footnotes 35-36:  Knightes Tale.]

[Footnote 37:  Truth:  Balade de bon Conseyl.]

[Footnote 38:  black.]

[Footnote 39:  The Parlement of Foules.]

[Footnote 40:  For full titles, see p. 50.]

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