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British Literature from Chaucer to 18th century

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A brief overview of 14th century England

Important points:
? Age of Chaucer - 1343-1450
? English peasant revolt 1381
? Famous writers: Chaucer, John Gower & William Langland
? Standard English dialect : East Midland dialect
Chaucer used East Midland dialect in his "The Canterbury Tales"
? Court language and upper class language was French
? The church used Latin and English
? Gower preferred Latin
? Chaucer adopted words from French.
Geoffrey Chaucer
? Born: 1343-45, London
? Hundred years war between France and England
? Chaucer was imprisoned.
? Chaucer worked as King's esquire and visited Italy and France
? His works have been divided into three periods :- French, Italian and English
? French period till 1372:
Translated Le Roman De La rose
The book of the duchess or the death of Blonche - 1369
? Italian period 1372 - 85:
Influence by Dante and Boccaccio
The parliament of fowls
The house of Fame
Troilus and crisyde
The Legend of good women
? English period : 1385-4000
The Canterbury Tales
? Chaucer is known as the father of English Poetry
? Edward Albert called chaucer as the earliest of the Great moderns
? He is also known as the morning star of Renaissance
? Chaucer is the first poet buried in the poets corner of Westminster Abbey-----------------
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