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The Canterbury Tales and Other Poems

By Chaucer, Geoffrey

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Title: The Canterbury Tales and Other Poems  
Author: Chaucer, Geoffrey
Language: English
Subject: Literature & thought, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
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Preface: THE object of this volume is to place before the general reader our two early poetic masterpieces?The Canterbury Tales and The Faerie Queen; to do so in a way that will render their ?popular perusal? easy in a time of little leisure and unbounded temptations to intellectual languor; and, on the same conditions, to present a liberal and fairly representative selection from the less important and familiar poems of Chaucer and Spenser. There is, it may be said at the outset, peculiar advantage and propriety in placing the two poets side by side in the manner now attempted for the first time. Although two centuries divide them, yet Spenser is the direct and really the immediate successor to the poetical inheritance of Chaucer. Those two hundred years, eventful as they were, produced no poet at all worthy to take up the mantle that fell from Chaucer?s shoulders; and Spenser does not need his affected archaisms, nor his frequent and reverent appeals to ?Dan Geffrey,? to vindicate for himself a place ver

Table of Contents
CONTENTS PREFACE LIFE OF CHAUCER THE CANTERBURY TALES The General Prologue The Knight's Tale The Miller's tale The Reeve's Tale The Cook's Tale The Man of Law's Tale The Wife of Bath's Tale The Friar's Tale The Sompnour's Tale The Clerk's Tale The Merchant's Tale The Squire's Tale The Franklin's Tale The Doctor's Tale The Pardoner's Tale The Shipman's Tale The Prioress's Tale Chaucer's Tale of Sir Thopas Chaucer's Tale of Meliboeus The Monk's Tale The Nun's Priest's Tale The Second Nun's Tale The Canon's Yeoman's Tale


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