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Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer ( /ˈtʃɔːsər/; c. 1343 – 25 October 1400), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to have been buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, alchemist and astronomer, composing a scientific treatise on the astrolabe for his ten year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Among his many works, which include The Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde, he is best known today for The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer is a crucial figure in developing the legitimacy of the vernacular, Middle English, at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin.

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    A shipman was ther, wonynge fer by weste.
    For aught I woot, he was of Dertemouthe.
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?–1400)

    If anybody comes to I,
    I physics, bleeds, and sweats’em;
    If, after that, they like to die,
    Why, what care I, I lets ‘em.
    —Anonymous. “On Dr. Lettsom,” from Geoffrey Grigson’s Faber Book of Epigrams and Epitaphs (1977)

    They yelleden as fiendes doon in hell;
    The duckes cryden as men would them quell;
    The geese for feare flewen over the trees;
    Out of the hive came the swarm of bees.
    —Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?–1400)