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Chaucer and the Poets

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Chaucer and the Poets

An Essay on Troilus and Criseyde

Winthrop Wetherbee

256 Pages
Paperback
ISBN: 9781501707230
Cornell University Press

In this sensitive reading of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, Winthrop Wetherbee redefines the nature of Chaucer’s poetic vision. Using as a starting point Chaucer’s profound admiration for the achievement of Dante and the classical poets, Wetherbee sees the Troilus as much more than a courtly treatment of an event in ancient history—it is, he asserts, a major statement about the poetic tradition from which it emerges. Wetherbee demonstrates the evolution of the poet-narrator of the Troilus, who begins as a poet of romance, bound by the characters’ limited worldview, but who in the end becomes a poet capable of realizing the tragic and ultimately the spiritual implications of his story.

About the Author

Winthrop Wetherbee is Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Cornell University.

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