How does Chaucer fit into his age?





I'm not real big on Middle English literature, but I'm taking a Chaucer class. The professor wants us to write an essay about how Chaucer fits into his age. Specifically, I need to discuss motifs, themes, genres, ideas, etc. comparing Chaucer's work to other authors, such as Margery Kemp, John Gower, and other authors of that time. Any suggestions?



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One Response to “How does Chaucer fit into his age?”

  1. matricide says:

    You can contrast the subjects of each writer – Chaucer was a pensioner of the nobility, including the King, and he worked in the government in varied roles through his life. His early ‘patron’ – John of Gaunt, and his wife Blanche, for whom his first book “The Book of the Duchess” was written – was one of King Edward III’s sons. He wrote to entertain this segment of society, but he wrote in vernacular English, instead of Anglo-Norman.Kempe’s work, long undiscovered, was a telling of her life – the first English autobiography. I think it was written in Middle English.Gower was a poet who wrote in French, Latin, and English. “one of the stories later served as the source for Shakespeare’s Pericles, in which Shakespeare had Gower appear in the Chorus.”You can access Chaucer, Kempe and Gower on this site, plus other links you might need: [external link] …