So, in the sixteenth century, it was really the Pope who upheld St. There was much more chance in the fourteenth century of having a mystical feeling about The People.
Chaucer caught sight of the eagle; his tale is not always 'of a cock'. He made the pilgrimage; he made the pilgrims. There are many moderns who say that a man is not a thinker, when they mean he is not a freethinker. Much of his work is marked by what can only be called a quiet exaggeration, even a quiet extravagance.
Hundreds of years afterwards, a French poet was struck by the strutting parody of humanity in the poultry yard, and elaborated the same medieval jest, giving the cock the same medieval name.
What is not so fully understood is that this question also was indirectly connected with the undercurrent of quarrel about the Popes.
In the religious atmosphere of the time, it took the form of going about delivering ranting sermons about the Indulgences attached to works of piety and charity; and then sending round the hat in the usual rather vulgar fashion. He had so great a faith in common sense that he seems to have accepted with a smile the suggestion of the commonplace.
He would not stoop to ignore a book in order to borrow from it; and it does not occur to him to be always trying to secure the copyright of a copy.
May I be pardoned if I insert a sort of personal parenthesis here. But there are perhaps some people to whom even the words of Shakespeare need to be translated. Therefore their doubts about the past were easily resolved, because they were not really troubled by doubts about the future.
They have produced an unusually large proportion of what they used to call Humorists and would now perhaps rather call Characters. In other words, in one sense the very sense of all this is its nonsense; at least its aptitude is its ineptitude.
They did not really ask to what their Constitutionalism and Commercialism would lead. Perhaps I might put up my notice of warning, and warn the reader not to read the second chapter. It is worth noting, touching that patronizing tone towards the childishness of Chaucer, that there is very much the same patronizing tone in many of the earlier compliments to Shakespeare.
There is indeed one character, which Chaucer shares with all the great ancient poets, which may in some quarters weaken his position as a great modern poet.
Anyhow, what a man learns from Romeo and Juliet is not a new theory of Sex; it is the mystery of something much more than what sensualists call Sex, and what cads call Sex Appeal. It makes no claim to specialism of any sort in the field of Chaucerian scholarship. But in the latter case they are like children wondering what their father means; in the former, like beaming uncles, wondering what the child means.
It is but a bitter consolation to call them the best gentlemen and the best servants. It is perfectly possible that there were merely personal affections or aversions in both cases; and it is as likely that Chaucer was wrong as that Shakespeare was right.
Anybody can see that this could be an irritating attitude; but there were two sides to the question. If Chaucer borrowed from Boccaccio and other writers, Shakespeare borrowed from anybody or anything, and often from the same French or Italian sources as his forerunner.
In each of these examples a man sprang up and pretended to have a thought that nobody had ever had. There is a merely traditional anecdote that Chaucer, in early youth, was fined for fighting with a friar and knocking him about in Fleet Street.
Therefore their doubts about the past were easily resolved, because they were not really troubled by doubts about the future. It is so bad that, after a page or two of it, the tolerant innkeeper breaks in with the desperate protest of one who can bear no more, in words that could be best translated as 'Gorlumme.
Indeed, the two examples I have given themselves illustrate the point. So, in the present case, it was really the Pope who upheld St.
Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin Chaucer, by G K Chesterton, free ebook. Lastly, it would be affectation on my part to deny that the very subject forces me to face (or as ostentatiously to avoid) a subject on which I am in a sense expected to be controversial; on which I could not really be expected to be non-controversial.
Chaucer's Wife of Bath. Perhaps the best-known pilgrim in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is Alisoun, the Wife of Bath. The Wife's fame derives from Chaucer's deft characterization of her as a brassy, bawdy woman—the very antithesis of virtuous womanhood—who.
Chaucer, by G K Chesterton, free ebook. Lastly, it would be affectation on my part to deny that the very subject forces me to face (or as ostentatiously to avoid) a subject on which I am in a sense expected to be controversial; on which I could not really be expected to be non-controversial. Perhaps the best-known pilgrim in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is Alisoun, the Wife of Bath.
The Wife's fame derives from Chaucer's deft characterization of her as a brassy, bawdy woman—the very antithesis of virtuous womanhood—who challenges the prevailing antifeminism of the times. These essays are not intended to replace library research. They are here to show you what others think about a given subject, and to perhaps spark an interest or an idea in you.
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