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The Parliament of Birds
     

The Parliament of Birds

by Geoffrey Chaucer, Steve Ellis (Editor), E. B. Richmond (Translator)
 

In this collection of poems, among his very best, Chaucer showcases his lyrical skills to perfection. Verging from tragic to comic, the overriding theme of the poetry is love, in its many guises. Chaucer tells of his passion for reading, which allows him to eavesdrop on a "parliament of birds" on St Valentine’s Day; he tells how he, as an inveterate reader,

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In this collection of poems, among his very best, Chaucer showcases his lyrical skills to perfection. Verging from tragic to comic, the overriding theme of the poetry is love, in its many guises. Chaucer tells of his passion for reading, which allows him to eavesdrop on a "parliament of birds" on St Valentine’s Day; he tells how he, as an inveterate reader, forsakes his books on the first of May to wander into the fields; he complains of being short of money; and he complains to his scribe for copying his verses badly. All in all, in the course of the poetry he reveals a lot about himself, and does so throughout in an engaging and civilized manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843911012
Publisher:
Hesperus Press
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
Hesperus Poetry
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.55(d)

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