Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts. The original text plus a side-by-side ... In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce.
But the two Tales in prose — Chaucer's Tale of Meliboeus, and the Parson's long Sermon on Penitence — have been contracted, so as to exclude thirty pages of unattractive prose, and to admit the same amount of interesting and characteristic poetry. The gaps thus made ... Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400) "The Canterbury Tales" (in middle english and modern english) Chaucer gives a detailed picture of the characters he has used in 'The Canterbury Tales' in his 'General Prologue.' His characters, the Thirty Pilgrims including the Host belong to diverse ranks and professions, represent a wide range of society.