The Poet, the Host, the Miller, the Reeve

Two levels of character, the Poet, the Host, the Miller, the Reeve.


On an April day, twenty-nine pilgrims leave the Tabard Inn for Canterbury; Chaucer places Robyn the Miller at the head of the pilgrimage with the Host, Harry Bailey.


The Knight’s tale, epitomizing the genre of courtly love, initiates Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales on a proper



lassicism (sometimes referred to as neoclassicism) is the principles and aesthetic attitudes emphasizing form, simplicity, proportion, and emotional restraint based on the culture, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.  Classicism in literature is predominately inspired by antiquity and characterized by the faithful adherence to ancient aesthetic ideals rather than individual expression.  Furthermore, classical poetry was written with an aura of pride and  “denotes the imitation of Greek and Latin themes … [as well as] the imitation of Greek and Roman literary forms in composing works on any theme” (137 Preminger)  Either way, classical writers maintained a “rationality and universality [in] their themes” (139 Preminger).  Notable English classical writers are “John Dryden (1631-1700), Thomas Rymer (1641-1713), and Alexander Pope (1688-1744)” (139 Preminger).  Their poems were inherently conservative, prideful of the ancient ideals, and express distrust in innovation and change.  In Essay on Criticsm, Alexander Pope describes the philosophy of classical poetry as:

Spanish Vocabulary Review

El Bate   Bat
El Guante (de béisbol)   Glove
La Pelota (de béisbol, de tenis)   Ball—small
La Raqueta (de tenis)   (tennis) racket
Los Bolos   Bowling
El Golf   Golf
El Hockey   Hockey
El Palo (de golf, de hockey)   Golf club, hockey stick
El Disco de hockey   (hockey) puck
  Meter un gol To Score a goal
  Correr To Run; jog
  Levantar pesas   Lift weights