Writers in Art: Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer. Frontispiece for The Canterbury Tales, 1478

Geoffrey Chaucer. Frontispiece for The Canterbury Tales, 1478 (?), by William Caxton. The British Library.

10 thoughts on “Writers in Art: Geoffrey Chaucer

  1. He does not look at all the the sort of person who would write the bawdy parts of the Caterbury Tales. But I suppose, I don’t look much like a smutty horror writer. (Note, my icon is a piece of clip art. That guy looks like he could write my stuff!)


    • An unassuming appearance makes it so much easier to surprise people. It’s a good weapon to have, for Chaucer as well as you (I imagine).

      I constantly surprise people with my own appearance. No one looks at me and thinks, “Punk rock fanatic!” Even when I had a mohawk, they just thought it was an edgy fashion statement.

      Yes, I just assumed that your icon was artwork and not a portrait. It definitely suits your material, though.


      • It is a good weapon. Or, at least, I think it is. I haven’t actually had much call to use it!

        I always thought it was a hoot when people who looked like they were into punk had no clue about it but when relatively normal people had great taste in punk.


      • Indeed. I mean, I do not believe in policing the quality of someone’s preferences. That’s crappy behaviour. However, I have found that most people who sport more of a traditional punk look aren’t actually into punk music. They seem to think that certain aesthetic things are shorthand for rebellion, without having any context as to why this was/is so–let alone actually listening to punk music. I find this hilarious, and kind of sad. But mostly hilarious.


    • Ha! That’s awesome.

      Although I was the weird girl who voraciously read classic literature outside of school for pleasure, I loathed Chaucer. We studied TCT for my AP English class. We had to choose a tale and write an essay on it…I refused to do so. I went rogue and wrote an essay about why I disliked Chaucer and TCT. I received an A+ and had to read it out loud in front of the class.

      I like him (and TCT) now, though. All things in their own time, I guess. 🙂

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