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The Canterbury Tales and Other Poems by Geoffrey Chaucer Part I

The Canterbury Tales and Other Poems by Geoffrey Chaucer
THE CANTERBURY TALES
And other Poems
of
GEOFFREY CHAUCER
Edited for Popular Perusal
by
D. Laing Purves
CONTENTS
PREFACE
LIFE OF CHAUCER
THE CANTERBURY TALES
The General Prologue
The Knight’s Tale
The Miller’s tale
The Reeve’s Tale
The Cook’s Tale
The Man of Law’s Tale
The Wife of Bath’s Tale
The Friar’s Tale
The Sompnour’s Tale
The Clerk’s Tale
The Merchant’s Tale
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Literary Theory and Criticism

Literary theory and literary criticism are interpretive tools that help us think more deeply and insightfully about the literature that we read. Over time, different schools of literary criticism have developed, each with its own approaches to the act of reading.
Schools of Interpretation
Cambridge School (1920s–1930s): A group of scholars at Read more

Literary Movements and Periods

Literature constantly evolves as new movements emerge to speak to the concerns of different groups of people and historical periods.
Absurd, literature of the (c. 1930–1970): A movement, primarily in the theater, that responded to the seeming illogicality and purposelessness of human life in works marked by a lack of clear Read more

Elements of Style

Figures of Speech
Figures of speech are expressions that stretch words beyond their literal meanings. By connecting or juxtaposing different sounds and thoughts, figures of speech increase the breadth and subtlety of expression.
Alliteration: The repetition of similar sounds, usually consonants, at the beginning of words. For example, Robert Frost’s poem “Out, out—” Read more

Literary Terms Narrative

A narrative is a sequence of events that a narrator tells in story form. A narrator is a storyteller of any kind, whether the authorial voice in a novel or a friend telling you about last night’s party.
Point of View
The point of view is the perspective that a narrative takes toward the events it describes.
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Common Literary Forms and Genres

Allegory: A narrative in which literal meaning corresponds clearly and directly to symbolic meaning. For example, the literal story in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress—Christian’s journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City—is an allegory for the spiritual journey from sin to holiness.
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