Geoffrey Chaucer: Father of English Literature

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Where was Geoffrey Chaucer the first writer to be buried?

Poets' Corner, in Westminster Abbey

What is Geoffrey Chaucer best known for?

The Canterbury Tales

What did Chaucer compose for his 10-year-old son Lewis?

A Treatise on the Astrolabe

In what languages were the dominant literary languages in England during Chaucer's time?

Anglo-Norman French and Latin

How has Chaucer been described in relation to the literary use of Middle English?

Crucial in legitimising the literary use of Middle English

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Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Geoffrey Chaucer was the first writer to be buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.

Contributions and Works

  • Chaucer is best known for his unfinished work, The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories in Middle English.
  • He composed the Treatise on the Astrolabe for his 10-year-old son Lewis.

Literary Context

  • During Chaucer's time, French and Latin were the dominant literary languages in England.

Significance of Chaucer's Work

  • Chaucer has been described as the "Father of English literature" due to his significant role in establishing Middle English as a literary language.

Test your knowledge about the life and works of Geoffrey Chaucer, the renowned English poet, author, and civil servant. Learn about his famous work, The Canterbury Tales, and his contributions to literature, philosophy, and astronomy.

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