Saturday, February 26, 2011

Classic Poetry - (Since I From Love - Geoffrey Chaucer)

Since I From Love

Since I from Love escaped am so fat,
I ne'er think to be in his prison ta'en;
Since I am free, I count him not a bean.

He may answer, and saye this and that;
I do no force, I speak right as I mean;
Since I from Love escaped am so fat.

Love hath my name struck out of his slat,
And he is struck out of my bookes clean,
For ever more; there is none other mean;
Since I from Love escaped am so fat.

~ Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – 25 October 1400)

Everyone has probably read, heard or seen some form of The Canterbury Tales.  Chaucer has been in the public eye for many, many years.  He is said to be the first to show the English language could be artistic.  What are your thoughts on this poem? What are your thoughts on Chaucer? Do you have any poems or anything else written by him you prefer? Please feel free to share your thoughts on either the poem displayed here or Geoffrey Chaucer in the comment section below.

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1 comment:

  1. Chaucer was and still is the best author/poet in English Literature. Such beauty are his words that no one else can match him. This is beautiful. I just got a book with a detailed texts from Canterbury tales, will try to upload it soon. But I am a bit hesitant if it is allowed to put up the texts on the whole or only excerpts are allowed...


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