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TOPIC: Why is Chaucher not mentioned as a possible source?

Why is Chaucher not mentioned as a possible source? 2 months 1 week ago #7455

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Geoffrey Chaucer known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the middle ages. While he is most known for the Canterbury Tales, his epic poem Troilus and Criseyde was composed and completed in the mid 1380's. Many Chaucer scholars regard it as the poet's finest work.
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Why is Chaucher not mentioned as a possible source? 2 months 1 week ago #7456

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It IS considered a primary source. The tones of the pieces are very different, and Chaucer's Cressida is a much more likable gal. And there are many other versions of the story -- classical and contemporary -- that Will would have had access to. But I think all studies of the play acknowledge Chaucer as one of the main sources, certainly for the love scenes. It was probably considered the greatest poem in English at the time.
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Why is Chaucher not mentioned as a possible source? 2 months 1 week ago #7457

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This is what the sources on the site say. No mention of Chaucer.

Possible Sources: Metamorphoses (Ovid, 8 A.D.), The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye (Raoul Lefevre, 1474), The Historye Sege and Dystruccyon of Troye (John Lydgate, 1513), The Testament of Cresseid (Robert Henryson, 1593), The Seven Books of Homer’s Iliads (Homer, 1598)


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Why is Chaucher not mentioned as a possible source? 2 months 1 week ago #7458

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Ah so!

Well, we'll have to wait for this site's official reps to chime in about that.

But I have on hand the Arden, Oxford, and Folger editions, all of which cite Chaucer and Will's contemporary translations of Homer as the principal sources.
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Why is Chaucher not mentioned as a possible source? 2 months 1 week ago #7459

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If anyone is interested, I have found a good source of Chaucer's epic poem, Troilus and Cressida
This is a modernized version without all those latin words included.
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Why is Chaucher not mentioned as a possible source? 1 month 3 weeks ago #7466

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You are absolutely correct. Somehow it was cut off, but now fixed. Thanks!
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