1.1.1 Introduction

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Many of us tend to squirm at the thought of reading poetry, whereas many of us naturally gravitate towards it. Unfortunately, I used to belong to the first category until two years back. Thanks to an excellent tutor I discovered that reading poetry could be fun, could be like an investigation and extremely satisfying.

Under this fun task we will be:

  • Acquiring tools for the study of poetry
  • Make an attempt to understand poetic language, its forms and effects
  • Look at the importance of the background knowledge of the age, biographical knowledge of the author and the importance of the reader
  • Proceed to apply our knowledge to Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales ( I can hear some of you saying, “Oh no!” but trust me and just hang in there).

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