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.

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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!)

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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      • 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.

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    • 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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