Geoffrey Chaucer

I absolutely love Geoffrey Chaucer. I am currently reading The Canterbury Tales for a little inspiration, and I came across this passage:

This prisoun caused me not for to crye,
but I was hurt right now ynigh my yhe
In mye herte, that wol my bane be,
The fairness of the lady that I see
Yonde in the gardyn, rome to and fro,
is cause of my cryying and my wo.

I not whethur sche be womman or goddess…

(The Knight’s Tale, 236-243)

His stories are simple, but his words are beautifully strung together. If you haven’t read Chaucer, I recommend you read his work. I am reading the book in middle English, but there are plenty of translations you can read.


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