Geoffrey Chaucer Fact File Biography: Lifespan: Circa 1343 – 1400 *** Full Name: Geoffrey Chaucer *** Date of Birth (Birthday): He was born around 1343 (Exact date of birth unknown) *** Place of Birth: Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London *** Family background: His father was a vintner *** Early life and childhood: It is thought that Geoffrey Chaucer grew up and spent the majority of his life in London *** Geoffrey Chaucer died around October 25th, 1400 ***
Geoffrey Chaucer Fact 1: Geoffrey Chaucer was born around 1343 in London. His exact birth date and location remain uncertain.
Geoffrey Chaucer Fact 2:
He was an English poet and is widely
regarded as one of the greatest
poets of the Middle Ages. He was
also an author, astronomer and
Geoffrey Chaucer Fact 7: His
close connection to Queen Philippa
and King Edward III gave Geoffrey
Chaucer financial security as the
King ensured that the couple were
granted a lifetime of annuity. The
financial support enabled them to
start a home inside the Royal
Geoffrey Chaucer Fact 9: In 1389, he became the clerk of the king's work which largely involved the organization of the king's building projects and repairs to important London buildings such as the wharf at the Tower of London, St. George's Chapel, and Westminster Palace.
Geoffrey Chaucer Fact 10:
He wrote a number of short poems
including An ABC, Chaucers Wordes
unto Adam, Balade to Rosemounde, His
Owne Scriveyn, The Complaint unto
Pity, The Complaint of Chaucer to
his Purse, The Complaint of Venus,
The Complaint of Mars, A Complaint
to His Lady, Fortune, Gentilesse,
Lak of Stedfastnesse, The Former
Age, Lenvoy de Chaucer a Scogan,
Lenvoy de Chaucer a Bukton,
Proverbs, Truth, and Womanly
Geoffrey Chaucer Fact 16: He wrote one of his finest pieces of literary works in the form of a long poem based on two lovers called 'Troilus and Criseyde'. The story is set during the Siege of Troy and tells of tragedy. The phrase, 'all good things must come to an end' is thought to derive from this particular poem.
Geoffrey Chaucer Fact 17: He wrote a famous poem based upon the good deeds and virtues of women, it is called 'The Legend of Good Women'. Geoffrey Chaucer used iambic pentameter in this poem which can be described as a line of language into which a poem is divided, also known as a type of metrical line.
Geoffrey Chaucer Fact 18: He was the pioneer of heroic couplet. His first use of heroic couplet can be seen in 'The Legend of Good Women' poem. The style consists of a pair of rhyming lines and has strongly influenced the future of English poetry as it has taken on a traditional form. He later used heroic couplet in The Canterbury Tales.
Geoffrey Chaucer Fact 19: He
wrote a poem about love called the 'Palement
of Foules'. It consists of
approximately 700 lines and is
written in rhyme royal stanza.
Geoffrey Chaucer was the first poet
to introduce the rhyme royal style
which is made up of 7 lines and
provides greater variation,
particularly in longer poems.
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