greatest and gentlest of all the knights, tight with arthur and commits adultery with guinevere
Speaker: Exiled Viking soldier who has nowhere to or any person who will support him. In the end, he believes that men who seem to be unhappy are those who do not follow God, and the ones that are happy are God's most faithful. This speaker see's God as his rock, and foundation.
an exile by choice, because he chose life as a sailor, which cuts him off from all human relationships
Grendel's severed arm
Torn from him by Beowulf in their first match. Hung as a trophy over the mead hall door.
The Host (Harry Bailey)
The owner of the Tabard Inn, who volunteers to travel with the pilgrims. He promises to keep everyone happy, be their guide and arbiter in disputes, and judge the tales.
Socially the most prominent person on the pilgrimage, epitomizing chivalry, truth, and honor. He stands apart from the other pilgrims because of his dignity and status.
A drunken, brash, and vulgar man who rudely interrupts the Host, demands that his tale be next, and warns everyone that his tale about a carpenter will be vulgar because it is true.
A very old and irritable man who was once a carpenter. He resents the Miller's tale about a stupid old carpenter.
The Man of Law (or Sergeant of Law)
A lawyer and one of the high justices of the court. He is cautious, suspicious, and wise, and one of the more cultivated men among the pilgrims.
Known for his cooking and characterized by a chancre sore that runs with pus. His story is incomplete.
The Wife of Bath (Alisoun)
Characterized as gat-toothed, somewhat deaf, and wearing bright scarlet red stockings. She has had five husbands (the last half her age), enjoys her freedom, and is openly sensual.
Hubert, the Friar
A sensual, licentious man who seduces young girls and then arranges their marriages. He loves money and knows the taverns better than the poor houses.
An officer of the church who calls people for a church trial. He is as ugly as his profession; he frightens children with his red complexion, pimples and boils, and skin infected with scales.
A sincere, devout student at Oxford University who loves learning and is respected by all the pilgrims. He is very poor because he spends all his money on books.
A shrewd and intelligent man who knows how to strike a good bargain and is a member of the rich rising middle class.
A vain, lusty young man and a candidate for knighthood. He can sing, write poetry, and ride a horse very well, and considers himself a lady's man.
The Prioress (Madame Eglantine)
A very genteel lady who is coy and delicate. She has precise manners, eats as an aristocrat would, and wears a gold brooch with "Love conquers all" inscribed in Latin.
A doctor who can speak knowingly of medicines, drugs, and humours, and who knows astrology as well. He is fond of gold and makes a lot of money during the plague season.
The most complex of all the pilgrims. He is an intellect and uses advanced psychological means to gain his objective. Although he is not a good person, he can preach a good sermon.
A man who tends the property of the monastery. He is fat and happy, loves good food and wine, and finds the taverns more to his liking than the cold, severe monastery.
The Nun's Priest
The priest of the church who accompanies the nuns so that they may offer up their confessions.
The Second Nun
A very devout nun who, because she believes that idleness leads to sin, begins her story immediately.
The Canon and the Canon's Yeoman
Although not one of the pilgrims, the Canon appears with his servant (the Yeoman) but leaves when his Yeoman begins a tale.
The steward for a law school. Although not as intelligent as the law students, he is clever and shrewd enough to be able to put away some money for himself.
A very poor but very holy and virtuous religious man who tells a highly moral tale. He gives his scant money to his poor parishioners and tries to live the perfect life and set an ideal for others.
The Wife of Bath's fifth husband, who caused her trouble and had to be tamed into submission.
Sells Papal pardons to sinners; Reveals his own corruption; ends up asking to travelers to pay him for pardons; Host confronts him; yellow hair; tells the pardoner's tale
Italian Sonnet (Petrarchian)
14 lines composed of 1 octave (ABBA ABBA) and 1 sestet (CD CD CD or CDE CDE); octet has the problem that the sestet solves
a sonnet consisting three quatrains and a concluding couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab cdcd efef gg; 14 lines
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English dramatist and poet who was the first real poet laureate of England (1572-1637); wrote Volpone, the alchemist, and on my first son
Puritan writer, theologian, and political thinker. He wrote Areopagitica, Lycidas, and Paradise Lost, the last one which he wrote while blind - skill
a conspiracy in 1605 in England to blow up James I and the Houses of Parliament to avenge the persecution of Catholics in England
English poet and dramatist considered one of the greatest English writers (1564-1616), wrote many sonnet which were based upon love, life, and God
A device employed in Anglo-Saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities, as in "ring-giver" for king and "whale-road" for ocean.
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
a poetic meter that is made up of 5 stressed syllables each followed by an unstressed syllable