But it is typical of its history that it was even then criticized, more severely, for an attitude in which it was right. He is not a great Latin epic poet; he is a great English humorist and humanist; but he is great.
He was granted an annual pension of twenty pounds by Richard II in His early influence as a satirist is also important, with the common humorous device, the funny accent of a regional dialectapparently making its first appearance in The Reeve's Tale. Anybody can see that this could be an irritating attitude; but there were two sides to the question.
There was an element in Chaucer that was symbolic to the eye of a serious mystic. The idea that God gives Himself to mankind in the Blessed Sacrament has nothing to do with the fact that some particular priests are fools or knaves, or ignorant or incompetent for their office.
And the Pope often supported the improvement, because he alone was independent and strong enough to do so. He is very easily pelted by the pedants, who demand that every eternal poet should be an ephemeral philosopher.
That Chaucer was, in that passage about Troilus, speaking with complete conviction and a sense of the greatness of the subject which seem to me the only essentials of the real grand style nobody can doubt who reads the following verses, in which he turns with terrible and realistic scorn on the Pagan gods with whom he had so often played.
It does not consist in proving, by the victory of Achilles, that the Will to Power must express itself in a Superman; for Achilles is not a Superman, but, on the contrary, a hero.
Chaucer was buried in Westminster Abbey in London, as was his right owing to his status as a tenant of the Abbey's close. Generations before, the Friars had thus rebelled against the Monks; now a new school of Simple Preachers was rebelling against the Friars.
Francis and the popular movement of the Friars. They might be more or less indifferent to York and Lancaster, and admit that the tangle and thicket of the Wars of the Roses mostly consisted of thorns.
Although much of the text may have come from other sources, the treatise indicates that Chaucer was versed in science in addition to his literary talents.
There another and special force was already at work, which was destined to make the triumph of the King as brief as it was brazen.
It is rather a responsibility for him. It is believed that in the early s he started the work for which he is best known — The Canterbury Talesa collection of stories told by fictional pilgrims on the road to the cathedral at Canterbury ; tales that would help to shape English literature.
But there is here some haunting temptation which perpetually betrays reformers. So, in the sixteenth century, it was really the Pope who upheld St. There is in the medieval poet something that can only be conveyed by the medieval word Largesse; that he is too hearty and expansive to conceal the connexion between himself and his masters or models.
And though this is an extravagant exaggeration, it is not as some would think an extravagant contrast. Dickensians always quote Dickens; from which it follows that they often misquote Dickens. It is partly the pedantic prejudice that medieval civilization was not civilized.
I have been mixed up in politics, but never in aesthetics; and I was an enthusiast for the Wearing of the Green, but never for the Wearing of the Green Carnation. Chaucer was a perfectly orthodox Catholic, and the English had hitherto been little interested in the old medieval heresies.
Yet most of the things that are hinted in depreciation of Chaucer could be said as easily in depreciation of Shakespeare. It is not enough to talk, as some critics do, about Reynard the Fox or the Babrian origins. Nor, on the other hand, should the idea of the poet dealing with things more permanent than politics be confounded with the dirty talk of the 'nineties, about the poet being indifferent to morals.
Nevertheless, for reasons which I shall explain more fully elsewhere, I propose in many cases boldly to modernize the Chaucerian language, and especially for the purpose that is immediate here: The trouble was not so much what he was doing as the way in which the thing was done.
The latest phase of the thing may be seen in what is called the Public School tradition; the final outcome of the fact that medieval schools dedicated to poverty or pure learning were turned, after the Reformation, into the fenced training-camps of a governing class.
If this was the purpose of their trip, they seem to have been unsuccessful, as no wedding occurred. We shall see more of this double outlook when we come to the conjectures about his private life, and especially about his personal religion. Something may be discounted in the invectives of Dante; more in the invectives of Petrarch; and something which concerns us more closely here in the invectives of Chaucer, not indeed against any Pope or Anti-Pope, but against certain religious groups or parties which were really, though only relatively, connected with the Papacy.
He was looking for a system; one of the very little systems that do very truly have their day. Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin The medieval word for a Poet was a Maker, which indeed is the original meaning of a Poet.
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