Moreover, it was the one patronized by the aristocratic and literary circles of the country. It does not mean that he is not sarcastic or satirical, but his sarcasm and satire are always seasoned with lively humour. He may be regarded as the best and first humourist in the history of English literature. Spenser was no doubt making experiments in metre and form, examining his own abilities. The development of English sonnet. No other Middle English scholar has his expertise, his run, his unpredictability, his huge others conscious viewpoint.
Not only did he give English poetry a new dress, but a new body and a new soul. But this dialect was not the vehicle of all literary work. The four prominent regional languages: The Southern, the Midland, The Northern or Northumbrian, and The Kentish. Characterization in The Canterbury Tales is said to be the first element of drama that gave rise to drama. The stories of Arthur and his knights have attracted many British and other writers.
He is credited with the first national poet of England. It is sometimes argued that the greatest part that this work made to English literature was in popularizing the literary usage of the slang. For example: His eyes twinkled in his heed aright As doon the sterres in the frosty night. Epoch of Renaissance in English Literature, its idea of Humanism and Reformation. But, after al 1 is said and done.
His poetry is replete with such elements as characterization, plot construction, narration, realism, humour and pictorial qualities that fit into the genera of modern novel. In spite of his awareness of the corruption and unrest in the society of his age Chaucer is never upset or upsetting. Chaucer discarded this method of alliteration and introduced a new one, which had regular number of syllables, end rhyme and absence of frequent repetition. His work at its best is polished, cultivated and masterly. His wide sympathy and gentle humanity make him lovable among the English poets.
The characters in these were not people such as Adam and Eve or Noah; they were virtues such as truth, piety, kindness, honesty, or bad qualities such as greed or revenge which walked and talked. Among the foremost English masters of the sonnet during later centuries, we must mention John Milton, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Oscar Wilds. One of the things that makes The Canterbury Tales so fun to read is the great detail with which the narrator describes each of the pilgrims. And load the antique Stone with wreaths of Bays. It is difficult to find him flagging or growing dull and monotonous. In fact, next to Shakespeare, he is the greatest master in this field. He is acclaimed as the first realist, the first humorist, the first narrative artist, the first great character-painter, and the first great metrical artist in English literature.
During Elizabethan reign at the second period of Renaissance the two main genres were popular in England: poetry and drama. The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales is a prologue to modern fiction. Chaucer was a great observer of men and he had an extra ordinary insight into human nature. Other plays, in some respects not very different from the Miracles, were the Morality Plays. Mine hertes lady, ender of my life.
He has no disdain for the fools and no disgust for rascals. William Caxton published the first printed version of The Canterbury Tales in 1476. He, in fact, remains the first great English story-teller in verse. It is certain that if Chaucer had adopted some other dialect the emergence of the standard language of literature would have been considerably delayed. So he is the father of English poetry. It has plot, character, unravelling action, conflict, rising action, and denouement-every thing.
Nay-no The poet who introduced the Elizabethan age proper was Edmund Spenser. But Chaucer had few doubts abputthe issue. If Chaucer is the father of English poetry he is certainly, to use G. Again as Hudson avers, he is not the poet of the people. His major contribution towards the content of poetry is in his advocacy of and strict adherence to realism.