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Geoffrey Chaucer was a Fourteenth century English poet who wrote beautiful verses including the famous Canterbury Tales, Troilus And Crisseyde, etc.

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Chaucer as the father of English poetry

Geoffrey Chaucer was a Fourteenth century English poet who wrote beautiful verses including the famous Canterbury Tales, Troilus And Crisseyde, etc. At a time when the English language and literature had not elevated and refined enough for an English Renaissance, his poems became in itself a new variety and genre and his liquidity of diction and his licenscious dealing with the language gave his poems a delightful charm. People liked it and began to think, speak and write just as he did in his poems. Without knowing or not, he was fathering and standardizing a new language and initiating the English renaissance. He is considered the father of contemporary English language and literature. Before him, it was not English but 'Englisch'.


A father is a father and will remain so, even if not called so by anyone. Geoffrey Chaucer wrote poetry at a time when English was Englisch, bearing much difference in spelling, pronunciation, diction, imagery. His famous Canterbury Tales, Troilus And Crisseyde, etc, captivated human minds and unknowingly set a new and desirable standard for not only poetry, but for English language and literature also. He was really standardizing the English language and literature. People gradually began to think that English should be written and spoken just as Chaucer did in his poems. He was very bold and unconventional in the use and invention of words. When viewed from the distance of years after, it was clearly seen that he was fathering a new language out of the old Englisch.

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Chaucer stands in much the same relation to the life of his time as Alexander Pope does to the early part of 18th century, and Lord Alfred Tennyson to the Victorian era. But his place in English literature is even more important than theirs for he is the first great English writer to use “naked words” in English, the first to make composite English language a thing compact and vital. John Dryden venerates Chaucer as highly as the Greek venerated Homer and Romans venerated Virgil. He symbolizes Chaucer as a river that flows endlessly through the later English poets’ generation after generation. No other Middle English writer has his skills, his range, his complexity and his large humane out-look. The rare literary genius in him creates several lasting works of art and makes him the father of English poetry. English language and literature grew at a bound to full maturity with Chaucer.

Chaucer made several contributions to English poetry. He enlarged the range and scope of ...

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