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Scanning "Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote"

In this answer, I’ll discuss the general problem of dividing a line into feet, and then I’ll look in more detail at Chaucer’s opening line. Are feet real? English prosody is based on stress, which is ...
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Was the Canterbury Tales directly inspired by the Decameron?

The short answer is yes. I found two resources worth investigating if this interests you, but I really don't have the background or the time to pursue them much deeper at the moment: First there is an ...
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Why is the Reeve's hair cut like a priest's?

John M. Manly presents a theory, which I will outline below, that Chaucer’s Reeve was based on a real person. If you find this theory plausible, then the explanation for the detailed description of ...
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Why is the Reeve's hair cut like a priest's?

While Gareth’s answer gets into details of why the Reeve might be described in such exacting detail (and made for a fascinating read), he doesn’t really deal with the question of the meaning of the ...
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