Essay on Canterbury Tales

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Introduction

The Canterbury Tales

Introduction
Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne, And smale foweles maken melodye, That slepen al the nyght with open eye(So priketh hem Nature in hir corages); Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes; And specially from every shires ende Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende, The hooly blisful martir for to seke That hem hath
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sg. seeke seeke, sike adj. seke seke verb seson seson, sesoun noun shoures soote shoures soote smale smale adj. sondry londes sondry londes noun sonne sonne noun straunge strondesstraunge strondes swich swich pro. veyne veyne noun Zephirus Zephirus noun (it) happened blessed spirits, feelings shoots, new leaves dryness also distant shrines birds them blessed known professional pilgrims who had been to the Holy Land pierces sick 1. visit; 2. examine, look for season sweet showers, rain small various countries sun foreign shores such vein (of the plant) the west wind that blows in Spring

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Introduction

The Canterbury Tales
Redy to wenden on my pilgrymage To Caunterbury with ful devout corage, At nyght was come into that hostelrye Wel nyne and twenty in a compaignye Of sondry folk, by aventure yfalle In felaweshipe, and pilgrimes were they alle, That toward Caunterbury wolden ryde. The chambres and the stables weren wyde, And wel we weren esed atte beste; And shortly, whan the sonne was to reste, So hadde I spoken with hem everichon That I was of hir felaweshipe anon, And made forward erly for to ryse To take our wey, ther as I yow devyse. But nathelees, whil I have tyme and space, Er that I ferther in this tale pace, Me thynketh it acordaunt to resoun To telle yow al the condicioun Of ech of hem, so as it semed me, And whiche they weren, and of what degree, And eek in what array that they were inne; And at a knyght than wol I first

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