The Cause Of Death In Chaucer's Tale Of Ceyx And Alycone
She states that the problem of consolation arises through the poem’s structure, in which the poem’s failure to treat its subject directly is no longer the problem, but exactly how it treats it indirectly, “how the structure of parallels and substitutions works, [and] where the emphasis lies,” become the problems (Philips 107).
Philips argues that the poem works by juxtaposition, she states the “juxtaposed elements are all so shaped and molded in the telling that they present the same pattern, the same shape of experience, to the reader” (Philips 109). Thus, the Knight, Alycone, and the lovesick Narrator, all present the same pattern of “long-drawn out, hopeless longing, threatening to overwhelm life itself,” who then come to a sudden recognition of finality that occurs in which the passage quickly comes to an end (Chaucer 1309, 2004-05, …show more content…
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