Origins[ edit ] Some of the earliest known frame stories are those from ancient Egypt, including one found in the Papyrus Westcarthe Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailorand The Eloquent Peasant. This format had flexibility in that various narrators could retain the stories they liked or understood, while dropping ones they didn't and adding new ones they heard from other places.
All dates are AD or CE current era unless otherwise specified. Some dates are approximations or "educated guesses. You can click any hyperlinked poem title or writer name to "drill down. If you're a student who "doesn't like poetry" and is only here grudgingly because of a school assignment, please reconsider.
Do you like music: If so, the vast majority of all such songs are rhyming poems set to music. So unless you dislike all the words of every song you've ever heard, you really do like poetry, after all!
Our "Top Ten" lists allow you quickly find the best poets and poems, in our estimation and according to other critics. The following sections then go into more detail, covering each major period from the Prehistoric to Modernism and Postmodernism.
As we begin our quest, let's keep in mind that the English words "story" and "history" derive from the same Latin root, historia. Before writing existed, all knowledge had to be passed down orally, and much of it did so in the form of poetry, because poetry is easier to remember than prose, as with nursery rhymes and the lyrics of our favorite songs.
Some of the poems on this page, as ancient as they are in their written forms, may be much older if they were passed down from generation to generation, orally. If the first poem of the British Isles that we mention, the Song of Amerginreally dates back to the first Celts who invaded and settled the region, then Robert Graves' suggested date of BC may be plausible.
But the honest truth is that no one really knows how far back in time some of these poems go. Burch, editor, The HyperTexts Related pages: Free Verse Timeline Our top twenty poets of all time: Vincent Millay, Wilfred Owen, e.
Native poetry remains oral. The Roman city of Londinium London is founded. Elites study Latin, the language of church, state and commerce. Germanic tribes soon invade. He was also a scholar, writer and translator. French and Latin rule.These essays are not intended to replace library research.
They are here to show you what others think about a given subject, and to perhaps spark an interest or an idea in you. To take one of these essays, copy it, and to pass Chaucer's Adherence to the "Three Estates" in the General Prologue.
This webpage is for Dr. Wheeler's literature students, and it offers introductory survey information concerning the literature of classical China, classical Rome, classical Greece, the Bible as Literature, medieval literature, Renaissance literature, and genre studies.
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AS and A Level. AS and A Level resources with teacher and student feedback. Popular AS and A Level Subjects; Biology (2,) Business Studies (3,) English Literature (8,) Geography (2,). A summary of The Miller’s Prologue and Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.
Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Canterbury Tales and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Mar 22, · Words: Length: 2 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: Canterbury Tales are a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the late s.
At the end of the contest and pilgrimage, the person who has told the best story will win a free meal at the Tabard Inn in Southwark.
Corruption and Greed in The Canterbury Tales - The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a collection of stories by a group of pilgrims who are heading to Canterbury Cathedral.