What are the themes and ideas presented in the opening lines of the prologue to The Canterbury Tales?

The Pervasiveness of Courtly Love The phrase “courtly love” refers to a set of ideas about love that was enormously influential on the literature and culture of the Middle Ages. Beginning with the Troubadour poets of southern France in the eleventh century, poets throughout Europe promoted the notions that true love only exists outside of Read More

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Chaucer’s art of characterization is both medieval and modern in Prologue to the Canterbury Tales?

Canterbury Tales By characterization we mean the presentation of a man inwardly or outwardly through the instrument of language. Chaucer is a poet who brings out the different aspects of a character through creating images and these images are linguistic images. Like Shakespeare and Dickens, Chaucer is also a great master of creating characters. In fact “The Read More

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