I love to “get it out of my system”.
You’ve heard of or read the Canterbury Tales. I want to know if anything else the father of English literature wrote is worth reading. Looks like he has a version of the Iliad too. There’s a dialectic in motion- criticisms of society can be ugly, then I’m pulled to immerse in beauty.
These are some genres he uses, which were pretty typical for Medieval times
romance, fabliau, epic, dream vision, exemplum, tragedy, ballade, lyric, allegory, and saint’s life
He was born a couple decades after Dante died. Do we have anyone of the calibre of these two in our own time would you say? “Infinite Jest, brooo.” That book wasn’t that bad, okay? Gets a bad rap. I hesitate to call it a classic though. Everyone is DFW these days. He’s like one of the models of the hipster, and the hipsters aren’t even aware of it. “I’m not a hipster!”
They talked funny 600 years ago, that’s one of the obstacles to getting into Chaucer
Yet sawgh I never such noblesse
Of ymages, ne such richesse,
As I saugh graven in this chirche
And this is one of the more easily understandable fragments I’ve seen.
Honestly, these other works of Chaucer seem pretty boring so far, and I’m challenging myself to try to find value in them.
The worst part of everything is that I know I’m right about what I say about society. I wish someone would prove me wrong. And I can only expect they won’t.
All I can do is just sit and feel awful about that. Whoa, I have a pulse again. I’m giving up on Chaucer, just something really dull there.