Short Questions on Geoffrey Chaucer and Sir Thomas Malory


Q Give examples of nonalliterative verse romances of Geoffrey Chaucer?

 Two important nonalliterative verse romances of Geoffrey Chaucer are Troilus and Criseyde (1385?), a tale of the fatal course of a noble love and The Knight's Tale (1382?.

Q. What are the source of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and The Knight's Tale?

Troilus and Criseyde is laid in Homeric Troy and is based on Il filostrato, a romance by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio;

The Knight's Tale is also based on Boccaccio.

Q Give examples of Geoffrey Chaucer’s French works.

Geoffrey Chaucer
 Chaucer translates French works or writes under French influence several secular vision poems of a semiallegorical nature. Such as ,The Book of the Duchess, The House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls etc.

Q. How many tales are there in The Canterbury Tales?

The Canterbury Tales consists of 24 stories or parts of stories mostly in verse in almost all the medieval genres.

Q. Who is the teller of The Canterbury Tales?

 The Tales are recounted by Chaucer through the mouths of a group of pilgrims bound for Canterbury Cathedral, who were representative of most of the classes of medieval England.

Q What is Rhyme Royal? Comment on its use by Chaucer.

The Rhyme Royal Stanza
  form of  using verses with seven lines of iambic pentameter with a rhyme scheme ababbcc. the name was given such Because the form was used by James I of Scotland. In practice this stanza can be constructed either as a terza rima and two couplets (a-b-a, b-b, c-c) or a quatrain and tercet (a-b-a-b, b-c-c). This allows for good deal of variety especially when the form is used in long narrative poems.

 Chaucer first used the Rhyme Royal stanza in his long poems – Troilus and Criseyde and Parliament of Fowls. He also used it for The Canterbury Tales in the Man of Law’s Tale, The Prioress Tale and the Clerks Tale and in a number of shorter lyrics.

Q. What are the subject matters of these tales?

These narratives cover the panorama of life and living. They concern a host of subjects: religious innocence, married chastity, villainous hypocrisy, female volubility—all illumined by great humor. With extraordinary artistry the stories are made to characterize their tellers.



Chaucer (1342-1400) was nicknamed as the “father of English poetry.” Chaucer wrote in the London dialect of English that later became the “literary standard.” He essentially set the course for subsequent English poets as well as he aspired to write an English poetry that could hold its own on this world stage, and he succeeded.

Q. Who composed Le morte d’Arthur and what is the theme of it?

Sir Thomas Malory carried on the tradition of Arthurian romance in his great work, Le morte d'Arthur (The Death of Arthur, 1469-1470). He loosely tied together stories of various knights of the Round Table, but most memorably of Arthur himself, of Galahad, and of the guilty love of Lancelot and Arthur's queen, Guinevere. 


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