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Memorable Points on Chaucer
- Geoffrey Chaucer was born in the feign of Edward III, lived through that of Richard II, and died the year after Henry IV took over the throne.
- He lived between 1340 and 1400.
- He was a courtier, traveler, ambassador and literary figure.
- William Langland was his closest contemporary.
- At the age of seventeen, he received a court appointment as page (a serving boy) to the wife of the Duke of Clarence who was Edward III’s third son.
- He remained on Diplomatic Missions to Italy where he came across Petrarch and Boccaccio.
- On the accession of John Gaunt’s son, Henry IV, he was granted a royal pension.
- He was the first non-royalist to be buried in Westminster Abbey which afterwards came to be known as the Poets’ corner.
- John Dryden called him ‘the Father of English Poetry.’
- Matthew Arnold called him ‘the earliest of the great moderns.’
- G.K. Chesterton describes: If Chaucer is the Father of English Poetry, he is the Grandfather of the English Novel.
- Chaucer was highly influenced by the Italian Writers – Virgil, Dante, Ovid, Petrarch, Boccaccio.
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