Geoffrey Chaucer: Father of English Literature
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Geoffrey Chaucer: Father of English Literature

Test your knowledge about Geoffrey Chaucer, the English poet, author, and civil servant best known for The Canterbury Tales. Explore his contributions to literature, philosophy, and astronomy.

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What is Geoffrey Chaucer best known for?

Writing The Canterbury Tales

Where was Geoffrey Chaucer buried?

Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey

What did Chaucer compose for his son Lewis?

A Treatise on the Astrolabe

How is Chaucer seen in relation to the literary use of Middle English?

<p>Crucial in legitimising it</p> Signup and view all the answers

What did Thomas Hoccleve call Geoffrey Chaucer?

<p>'the firste fyndere of our fair langage'</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Best known for being the Father of English literature and the first writer to use English as a literary language
  • Buried in Westminster Abbey in London

Works and Influence

  • Composed the "Treatise on the Astrolabe" for his son Lewis, a manual explaining the use of the astronomical instrument


  • Considered the first major English writer to use Middle English, which helped establish it as a literary language
  • Thomas Hoccleve referred to Chaucer as the "first finder of our fair language"

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