International Journal of English Research


ISSN: 2455-2186

Vol. 6, Issue 1 (2020)

Chaucer: The Beginner

Author(s): Dr. Deepa
Abstract: The father of Modern English Poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer’s first major poem, “Book of the Duchess”, represents a devoted reader’s best attempt at creating a meaningful and authoritative text of their own. After extensive reading Chaucer’s first attempt to write a text draws significant inspiration from past text such as Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Medieval French dream vision ‘Romance of the Rose’. ‘The Book of The Duchess, being Chaucer’s first major work as an author, provides us with Chaucer’s initial, most uninhabited attempts to draw on his various inspirations in order to fabricate his own voice and his own authority. ‘The Book of the Duchess’ contains multiple scenarios involving reading, interpreting and writing and examining these instances will provide us a good idea of Chaucer’s own creative process as a beginning writer – Chaucer utilizes and manipulates a great many voices in ‘Book of the Duchess’, many of which obviously do not belong to Chaucer but rather to authors of the past. It is these multiple already authoritative voice, in addition to a single nameless voice narrating the story, that ultimately constitute Chaucer’s own, original voice.
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