3CLIN Sir Geoffrey CHAUCER

Hi my dear students, I’ve written this post to help you study and visualize the Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. So you can start adding content to your Learning Diary (Digital Portfolio) in your FOLDER in Google Drive. 

TASK 1: INTRODUCTION TO CHAUCER  Do the EdPuzzle Video joining the class I’ve created for you.  You can do it from here or from the link I sent you via mail. Remember to register with NAME & SURNAME.

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.

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

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. See you in class 🙂

Oscar WILDE 1

In this post I’m going to introduce this brilliant Irish 😉 writer Oscar Wilde; when in 1882 he arrived in the U.S.A. in New York, at Custom Controls he said “I have nothing to declare but my genius”.

  • SESSION ONE: Biography & The Picture of Dorian Gray  TIME LENGTH OF VIDEOS 15 m’ + readings & notes = 1 hour and 30 minutes.

STEP 1)  Watch these videos on his Biography & take down some notes – in Evernote or your notebook.  Read his biography in your textbook page 185 and integrate that text with the new info you got in the video.

STEP 2) As regards his life and his relationship with A.Bosie that ended up with him being arrested and sentenced to two years’ hard labour (lavori forzati) watch  the scene of Wilde’s famous monologue on “love that dare not speak its name” during the trial, taken from the movie Wilde (1997) starring Stephen Frye.

The Love that dare not speak its name in this century is such a great affection of an elder for a younger man as there was between David and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosophy, and such as you find in the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare. It is that deep, spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It dictates and pervades great works of art like those of Shakespeare and Michelangelo, and those two letters of mine, such as they are. It is in this century misunderstood, so much misunderstood that it may be described as the “Love that dare not speak its name,” and on account of it I am placed where I am now. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an elder and a younger man, when the elder man has intellect, and the younger man has all the joy, hope and glamour of life before him. That it should be so, the world does not understand. The world mocks at it and sometimes puts one in the pillory (alla gogna) for it.

Remembering our school trip to Dublin this video shows the actor Ruper Everett visiting his house in Merrion Square.

STEP 3) The third video is a collection of some of his famous aphorisms. Choose the one you like best. Be ready to tell the rest of the class why you like it.

Top 10 O.Wilde’s Quotes and why he said them

The next 2 sessions – before our Christmas vacations – will deal with:

Post 2 The Picture of Dorian Gray 

Post 3 The Ballad of the Reading Gaol