Analysis Of Chaucer 's The Pardoner 's Prologue And Tale Essay

1033 Words Feb 6th, 2016 5 Pages
For ages, humans have relied on poetry as a form of expression. From the ancients to the modernists, poetry has survived. At least, the word “poetry” itself has survived. Poetry is continually changing. What was once a very pattern-oriented, structured art with tight boundaries has transformed into, quite frankly, anything its author wants it to be. Therefore, as opposed to the pedantic nature of older poetry, modern poetry has become more free, with less focus on intense organization, which allows the modern poet to have complete creative control over their work.
In particular, older society was centered around etiquette. This explains the use of stiff patterns throughout poetry; going against tradition was practically a crime. The people could not effectively break from society, metaphorically or literally. One of the best representatives of medieval poetry is the work of Geoffrey Chaucer. In Chaucer’s “The Introduction” from The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale, the rhyme scheme is highly predictable. Some words seem as if they have forced rhyme, such as “maide” and “saide” (Chaucer, lines 29-30), but this may be due to the differences in pronunciation of Old English. In this entire forty line poem, every line ends with a rhyme, which makes this poem have an AABB pattern. To compare with another poem by a different author of the time, the anonymously written “Now Go’th Sun Under Wood” follows this exact same pattern, the first two lines ending in “wode” and “rode”, and the…

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