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3CLIN Sir Geoffrey Chaucer

Today you’re going to work in groups using your tablets. In order to help you study and visualize the Canterbury Tales by Chaucer here’s a first  video to watch. Take notes.Start adding content to your Learning Diary (Digital Portfolio)

PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO CHAUCER

PART 2: THE WIFE OF BATH

LEARNING GOALS: By the end of this module you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the historical importance of The Canterbury Tales as a societal portrait of Chaucer’s time and compare it to the Decamerone.
  • Describe the narrative structure and the main themes of The Canterbury Tales.
  • Identify Chaucer’s use of humor and irony to explore elements of his society.
  • Describe the Wife of Bath’s character and her ideas on chastity and sovereignty in marriage.
  • Contrast the different ideas of woman of the time.

Thomas Becket (1118– 29 December 1170), whose shrine (sepolcro) is the destination point of this pilgrimage, was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in conflict with Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church and was assassinated by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. Soon after the death of Thomas Becket, Pope Alexander canonized him.

Step 1) Watch carefully this video and take notes of the most relevant information you also find in your textbook.

The next video is a funny animation that simplifies – to the point of trivializing (banalizzarlo) it – the Tale of the Wife of Bath.

  • Who do you think this video was made for? Give reasons

You can now  listen to an example of the beginning of our work in Middle English. A bit different from the English we listened to in class, isn’t it?

I’d like to end this post with a funny video made by history teachers 🙂

It’s all by now.

John Keats

Today we’re going to meet another great writer belonging to the second generation of Romantic poets (he died at 26). When he was young he wanted to become a doctor but at 21 he abandoned medicine for poetry; thanks to that choice we can now enjoy his fantastic poems. All his life was characterized by his enduring and reciprocated love for Fanny Brawne. 

Here’s the beautiful love poem BRIGHT STAR you can also read in your textbookThe first video is the last scene of the movie when Fanny Browne recites the poem Keats had written for her. She had just been given the news of his death in Rome.

Let’s  watch the trailer of the movie about Keats and Fanny Brawne’s romance: Bright Star (2009) Director: Jane Campion Cast: Ben Whishaw (Keats), Abbie Cornish (Fanny Brawne), Kerry Fox (Mrs Brawne), Paul Schneider (Charles Armitage Brown).

AT HOME: Task 1Read A SHORT ACCOUNT of their thwarted love story.

As you know Keats moved to Rome hoping that the warmer climate would be beneficial to his illness, tuberculosis. The Keats-Shelley House  curator takes a walk through some of the rooms of the museum and explains why this place is so important. I went to visit it last February. One day, when in Rome you might decide to go there and visit it 🙂 

Another poem worth reading is the Ode to a Nightingale read by the actor of the movie Ben Whishaw.

As you can read in your textbook Keats believed in Beauty & the immortality of Art. His poetry claimed no moral or political purpose, thus anticipating the 19th century trend of ART FOR ART’S SAKE you have found in D’Annunzio & we’ll find in Oscar Wilde.

I end this post quoting the poet whose book of poems was found in Shelley’s pocket when he shipwrecked & died in the Gulf of Lerici.

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty’, – that is all

We know on earth , and all we need to know.”

To clarify what we said in class here’s a good explanation of NEGATIVE CAPABILITY. As Keats himself stated “Several things dovetailed in my mind, & at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in Literature & which Shakespeare possessed so enormously — I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason”

ASSIGNMENT: either as a comment in Blog or oral in class: How much importance do people attach to beauty nowadays? What role does art play in your life?