Forum Volume 30

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...We would as soon think of accusing the Rothschilds of picking pockets, or Croesus, who lived before pockets were. ' ' This sixth, retrospective sense of Chauccr's finds expression throughout his work. We see, for example, his various gleanings from the close study of the Neoplatonists, Boethius, and Maerobius. All of Chaucer's characters, even to the Vife of Bath and Dan Chaunticleer himself, talk copious philosophy; they reason of necessity and freedom, and other high, supra-lunary matters, quite in the vein of Boethius. In all his later work we can see how Chaucer's toiling at the ornate Latinitv of Boethius helped his own precision of diction and variety of syntax. But Chaucer's debt to mediaeval and pagan antiquity is greatest in the realm of imaginative literature. It was of right that he bade his " Troilus and Cressida," his " litel book," " Subgit be to alle poesye And kis the steppes wher-as thou seest pace Vlrgile, Ovyde, Omer, Lucan, and Stace." This leads us directly to what from the present point of view is the very core of Chaucer's historic significance, the set of facts which throws the most broadcast light upon his poetical character, namely, his relation to early, pre-Renaissance humanism. Here again we shall be helped by the portrait. The face, if we inspect it closely, is that of a Euphues; not the fanciful, precious, word-dallying Euphues of Lyly, but he of Plato, whose study of music, in the Platonic sense of all'the liberal arts of life and learning, has made him sound in science, humane in temper, graceful and copious in speech, indeed a Euphues--a fair nature. It is this urbane cast of Chaucer's countenance which makes it more

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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123675056X
  • 9781236750563