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25 September 2005

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TOP: First page of Canterbury Tales, Kelmscott Chaucer. Gift (1971) of Mrs. Howard J. Sachs in memory of Howard J. Sachs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA.

BOTTOM: Illustration for "The Frankelyns Tale" of The Canterbury Tales, by William Morris (typography and book design) and (Sir) Edward Burne-Jones (woodcut illustrations), for their Kelmscott Chaucer (1896). From the Gareth and Janet Dunleavy Chaucer Collection, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire USA.

WHAN THAT Aprille with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,

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Anonymous Jim Olson said...

Oh, I had to read Canterbury Tales, and I mean the WHOLE THING in Middle English in High School. (They thought being in the Gifted and Talented programme meant that I WANTED to read Middle English...)

I still have the book here someplace.

23:44  
Blogger pat's pub said...

Well , I'm reading this book for FUN, not because I have to...
Middle English is quite difficult, but since I can cheat and go to the translated german version on the opposite page, it's not that big an issue.

05:49  
Blogger Bob Merkin said...

who translated it into modern German, and when?

the buzz i always heard was that Chaucer -- I think he was an English diplomat in Italy for awhile -- filched a lot of the stories from Bocaccio's Decameron and some collection called Gestae Romanorum. These in turn can be tranced to Arabic stories that floated across the Meditteranean, the same corpus of stories that were written down in Cairo around 1300 (I'm convinced by a woman) to become The Arabian Nights / 1001 Nights (in Arabic: alf [one] Layla iwa Layla [I think I got that right]).

The purpose of a school's Gifted and Talented Programme is to make it easier for school bullies to know who to beat up. Hanging a sign on a kid that says "GIFTED" is just asking for it.

12:10  
Blogger pat's pub said...

GeoHagelffrey Chaucer "Canterbury Tales", reclam unversalbibliothek middle english /german, first published 1985 by Heinz Bergener, translated by Bergener,Waltraud Böttcher, Günther Hagel, Hilmar Sperber. includes Footnotes, Appendix and Biblipgraphy. Illustrations come from the
"Ellesmere Transcription"
Yep, he was a diplomat in Itsly, he was also a POW in France for a while. I have to check the Footnotes and my copy of the Decamerone and 1001 Nights, but I would not be surprised if at leastThe Miller's Tale originates from the Decamerone...
(I can be pretty sphisticated if I want to....

13:30  

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