Life of Geoffrey Chaucer: The Early English Poet: Including Memoirs of His Near Friend and Kinsman, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster: with Sketches of the Manners, Opinions, Arts and Literature of England in the Fourteenth Century, Volume 4

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T. Davison, 1804 - Great Britain - 516 pages
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Page 178 - What man art thou ? quod he. Thou lokest, as thou woldest finde an hare, For ever upon the ground I see thee stare.
Page 82 - gainst me, I am not moved with: if it gave them meat. Or got them clothes, 'tis well; that was their end. Only amongst them, I am sorry for Some better natures, by the rest so drawn, To run in that vile line.
Page 182 - ... displayed in a manner which none but a poet of the purest and sweetest dispositions, and at the same time of the greatest discrimination, could have attained. The Canterbury Tales is certainly one of the most extraordinary monuments of human genius . . . What infinite variety of character is presented to us in the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales ! It is a copious and extensive review of the private life of the fourteenth century in England.
Page 82 - Now for the players, it is true, I tax'd them, And yet but some; and those so sparingly, As all the rest might have sat still unquestioned, Had they but had the wit or conscience To think well of themselves.
Page 296 - ... manuteneatis, protegatis et defendatis, non inferentes eis seu quantum in vobis est ab aliis inferri permittentes injuriam, molestiam, dampna et violentiam, impedimentum aliquod seu gravamen.
Page 25 - I had richesse suffisauntly to m weive nede ; I had dignite to be reverenced in worship. Power me thought that I had to kepe fro min enemies ; and me semed to shine in glory . of renome. — Every of tho joyes is turned into his contrary : for richesse, 0 adversity.
Page 195 - ... Chaucer in terms of the totality of environmental influences to which he was subject from birth, while eventually endorsing a view of genius as containing an element besides environmental determination.32 Here creative literature is important over and above its use as a historical document. The knowledge that 'such works as the Iliad or the dramas of Shakespear have in any way been the produce of human intelligence is an important fact'.33 The specific importance of poetry to a science of mind...
Page 191 - ... completely are they the very man that the poet desired to present to us! Shakspeare does not describe, he does seem to imagine the personages of his scene ; he waves his magic wand, and the personages themselves appear, and act over again, at his command, the passions, the impressions, and the sorrows of their former life. The past is present before us. GODWIN/ T Life of Chaucer, Vol.
Page 77 - That he upon his latter age, To sette an end of al his werke, As he, whiche is myn owne clerke, Do make his Testament of Love, As thou hast doon thy shrift above, So that my court it may recorde.

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