There was also a nun, a prioress, Who, in her smiling, modest was and coy; Her greatest oath was but "By Saint Eloy!
It is the opening of the poem. It is written in couplets, that is two successive rhymed lines of verse equal on length. We may divide it into two parts: It happened in that season that one day In Southwark, at The Tabard, as I lay Ready to go on pilgrimage and start For Canterbury, most devout at earth, At night there come into that hostelry Some nine and twenty in a company Of sundry folk happening then to fall In fellowship, and they were pilgrims all That towards Canterbury meant to ride.
The rooms and stables of the inn were wide; They made us easy, all was of the best. When also Zephyrus …. From line 1 to line 11, Chaucer describes the time of the year when the Pilgrimage takes place: He gives us a beautiful description of spring through various beautiful images of peace and serenity: After a long and cold winter mostly spent in their houses, people want to go out and amuse themselves.
Spring is the suitable season of the year for pilgrimages. There is a new harmony between man and nature. They both are linked to regeneration after winter. As April with the sweet showers brings new life to nature, the pilgrimage brings new life to the soul of man.
In the second part, from line 19 to line 34, Chaucer describes the setting to the action and gives us information about the pilgrims. Chaucer makes friendship with them and decides to join them.
Line 20 helps to identify the narrator, a first person singular narrator: And she had little dogs she would be feeding With roasted flesh, or milk, or fine white bread And bitterly she wept if one were dead Or someone took a stick and made it smart; She was all sentiment and tender heart.
Her veil was gathered in a seemly way, Her nose was elegant, her eyes glass-grey; Her mouth was very small, but soft and red, Her forehead certainly was fair of spread, Almost a span across the brows, I own; She was indeed by no means undergrown. She wore a coral trinket on her arm, A set of beads, the gaudies tricked in green, Whence hung a golden brooch of brightest sheen On which there first was graven a crowned A, And lower, Amor vincit omnia.
He treats satirically all the religious figures the Nun, the Monk, the Pardoner, the Friar and so on because he wants to make an indirect criticism of his own contemporary Church.
She is described more as a lady with a bit of vanity than as a servant of Christ: She is more concerned with gentle manners and appearance than with religion: As said before, Chaucer is very accurate in her description. He tells us her name, Madam Eglantine a rose; in the Middle Ages symbol of Christ but also of passionher social position a prioressher cultural background she studied at Stratford-atte- Bowe and knew French.
Then he describes her traits elegant nose, glass-grey eyes, small soft red mouth, spread forehead, undergrown size her clothes a veil, a cloak and a coral trinkether behaviour at table and her fondness for drinking and eating, her courtly grace and manners.
She is not indifferent to the fashion of the time and goes against monastic rules keeping the veil higher to let her forehead and the sides of her face uncovered. Further, she has a golden brooch while monastic rules forbid nuns to wear jewels and ornaments.
Irony is achieved through contrasts: In making cloth she showed so great a bent She bettered those of Ypres and Ghent. Her kerchiefs were of finely woven ground; 10 — I dared have sworn they weighed a good ten pound, The ones she wore on Sunday, on her head.
Her hose were of the finest scarlet red And gathered tight; her shoes were soft and new. Bold was her face, handsome, and red in hue. She had gap-teeth, set widely, truth to say. As in the previous description of the Nun, Chaucer gives us detailed information on her: She was a middle-aged, sensual, handsome woman from Bath: She was a skilled cloth maker.The Canterbury Tales (Middle English: Tales of Caunterbury) is a collection of 24 stories that runs to over 17, lines written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer between and Opening prologue of The Wife of Bath's .
Knight (The Prologue of the Canterbury Tales) There was a Knight, and he was a worthy man, That from the time that he first began. To ride out, he loved chivalry, Wife of Bath's Tale: 2. Knight (The Prologue of the Canterbury Tales) 3.
Prologue to the Canterbury Tales: See also. The Canterbury Tales. General Prologue 3. The Knight's Tale The Miller's Prologue The Miller's Tale The Steward's Prologue [The Reeve's Prologue] The Wife of Bath's Prologue The Wife of Bath's Tale The Friar's Prologue The Friar's Tale The Summoner's Prologue /5().
"The Knight's Tale" (Middle English: The Knightes Tale) is the first tale from Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. The Knight is described by Chaucer in the " General Prologue " as the person of highest social standing amongst the pilgrims, though his manners and clothes are unpretentious.
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