His early life and education were not strictly documented although it can be surmised from his works that he could read French, Latin, and Italian.
A povre wydwe, somdel stape in age, Was whilom dwellyng in a narwe cotage Biside a greve, stondynge in a dale. This wydwe, of which I telle yow my tale, Syn thilke day that she was last a wyf, In pacience ladde a ful symple lyf, For litel was hir catel Poet geoffrey chaucer hir rente.
By housbondrie, of swich as God hir sente, She foond hirself and eek hire doghtren two. Thre large sowes hadde she, and namo, Three keen, and eek a sheep that highte Malle.
Ful sooty was hir bour and eek hire halle, In whidh she eet ful many a sklendre meel- Of poynaunt sauce hir neded never a deel. No deyntee morsel passed thurgh hir throte, Hir diete was accordant to hir cote. Repleccioun ne made hir nevere sik, Attempree diete was al hir phisik, And exercise, and hertes suffisaunce.
The goute lette hir nothyng for to daunce, Napoplexie shente nat hir heed. No wyn ne drank she, neither whit ne reed, Hir bord was served moost with whit and blak, Milk and broun breed, in which she foond no lak, Seynd bacoun, and somtyme an ey or tweye, For she was Poet geoffrey chaucer it were a maner deye.
A yeerd she hadde, enclosed al aboute With stikkes, and a drye dych withoute, In which she hadde a Cok, heet Chauntecleer, In al the land of crowyng nas his peer. His voys was murier than the murle orgon On messedayes, that in the chirche gon.
Wel sikerer was his crowyng in his logge, Than is a clokke, or an abbey orlogge. By nature he crew eche ascencioun Of the equynoxial in thilke toun; For whan degrees fiftene weren ascended, Thanne crew he, that it myghte nat been amended.
His coomb was redder than the fyn coral, And batailled, as it were a castel wal. His byle was blak, and as the jeet it shoon, Lyk asure were hise legges and his toon, Hise nayles whiter than the lylye flour, And lyk the burned gold was his colour. This gentil cok hadde in his governaunce Sevene hennes, for to doon al his plesaunce, Whiche were hise sustres and his paramours, And wonder lyk to hym as of colours; Of whiche the faireste hewed on hir throte Was cleped faire damoysele Pertelote.
Curteys she was, discreet, and debonaire And compaignable, and bar hyrself so faire Syn thilke day that she was seven nyght oold, That trewely she hath the herte in hoold Of Chauntecleer loken in every lith. He loved hir so, that wel was hym therwith.
But swiche a joye was it to here hem synge Whan that the brighte sonne gan to sprynge, In sweete accord, "My lief is faren in londe,"- For thilke tyme, as I have understonde, Beestes and briddes koude speke and synge. And so bifel, that in the dawenynge, As Chauntecleer, among hise wyves alle, Sat on his perche, that was in the halle, And next hym sat this faire Pertelote, This Chauntecleer gan gronen in his throte As man that in his dreem is drecched soore.
And whan that Pertelote thus herde hym roore She was agast, and seyde, "O herte deere, What eyleth yow, to grone in this manere? Ye been a verray sleper, fy for shame!
By God, me thoughte I was in swich meschief Right now, that yet myn herte is soore afright. Now God," quod he, "my swevene recche aright, And kepe my body out of foul prisoun. Me mette how that I romed up and doun Withinne our yeerd, wheer as I saugh a beest Was lyk an hound, and wolde han maad areest Upon my body, and han had me deed.
His colour was bitwixe yelow and reed, And tipped was his tayl and bothe hise eeris; With blak, unlyk the remenant of hise heeris; His snowte smal, with glowynge eyen tweye. Yet of his look, for feere almoost I deye! This caused me my gronyng, doutelees.Chaucer really was a bellwheter for his time!
His work devles deep into characters and sculpts them beautifully for his readers. Geoffrey Chaucer known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to have been buried in Poet.
Geoffrey Chaucer was born in , the son of John and Agnes (de Copton) Chaucer.
Chaucer was descended from two generations of wealthy vintners who had everything but a title and in Chaucer began pursuing a position at court. Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London sometime between and to John Chaucer and Agnes Copton.
Poets' Corner is the name traditionally given to a section of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey because of the high number of poets, playwrights, and writers buried and commemorated there. The first poet interred in Poets' Corner was Geoffrey Chaucer. . Poets' Corner is the name traditionally given to a section of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey because of the high number of poets, playwrights, and writers buried and commemorated there. The first poet interred in Poets' Corner was Geoffrey Chaucer. . Geoffrey Chaucer was born between and , probably in London. His father was a prosperous wine merchant. We do not know any details of his early life and education. In , he was a page.
John Chaucer was an affluent wine merchant and deputy to the king's butler. Through his father's connections, Geoffrey held several positions early in his life, serving as a noblewoman's page, a courtier, a diplomat, a civil servant, and a. Geoffrey Chaucer, (born c. /43, London?, England—died October 25, , London), the outstanding English poet before Shakespeare and “the first finder of our language.” His The Canterbury Tales ranks as one of the greatest poetic works in English.
Geoffrey Chaucer is known as one of the greatest English poets of all time. The date of his birth is not known precisely but experts estimate that he was born somewhere around