Geoffrey Chaucer: Middle Ages (1343–1400)

THE CANTERBURY TALES The Franklin’s Tale The Prologue “In faith, Squier, thou hast thee well acquit, And gentilly; I praise well thy wit,” Quoth the Franklin; “considering thy youthe So feelingly thou speak’st, Sir, I aloue thee, As to my doom, there is none that is here Of eloquence that shall be thy peer, If […]

Sex, Symbol, and Satire: Day 1

Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift “Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.” This week we look to Jonathan Swift and his masterwork Gulliver’s Travels.  The story is familiar, but widely misunderstood.  Like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the sanitized and highly abridged version consumed by […]

Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

THE PARLEMENT OF FOULES Geoffrey Chaucer “For this was on Saint Valentine’s Day When every fowl cometh to choose his mate, Of every kind that men think may; And that so huge a noise gan they make, That earth and air and tree and every lake So full was, that underneath was there space For […]