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Love Visions (Classics)


Love Visions (Classics)

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    Geoffrey Chaucer(Author) Brian Stone(Editor Introduction Translator)
Spanning Chaucer's working life, these four poems build on the medieval convention of 'love visions' - poems inspired by dreams, woven into rich allegories about the rituals and emotions of courtly love. In The Book of the Duchess, the most traditional of the four, the dreamer meets a widower who has loved and lost the perfect lady, and The House of Fame describes a dream journey in which thepoet meets with classical divinities. Witty, lively and playful, The Parliament of Birds details an encounter with the birds of the world in the Garden of Nature as they seek to meet their mates, while The Legend of Good Women sees Chaucer being censured by the God of Love, and seeking to make amends, for writing poems that depict unfaithful women. Together, the four create a marvellously witty, lively and humane self-portrait of the poet.

Born in London to a wine merchant, Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340-1400) became a royal servant and travelled as a diplomat to France, Spain and Italy. As well as being famed for his translations, his own work includes Troilus and Criseyde, The Book of the Duchess and The Legend of Good Women

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  • By I. M. Knight on 30 April 2009

    This is a great collection of Chaucer's work, especially if you want to delve deeper than the better known `The Canterbury Tales'. This edition has been translated by Brian Stone and he also provides a decent in-depth introduction to the work.The work included here is `The Book of the Duchess', `The House of Fame', `The Parliament of Birds (or Fowls)', and `The Legend of Good Women'. There are some good notes to accompany the text and some suggested further reading which includes a book by CS Lewis called `The Allegory of Love'.

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