The Canterbury Tales Quotes by Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer The Canterbury Tales The Knight's Tale Love
The Canterbury Tales Quotes
Courtly love is the medieval concept of expressing admiration and love in a noble, chivalrous fashion. This type of love exists outside marriage: true courtly love exists on a spiritual, idealized plane, and does not need to be physically consummated. Courtly love is satirized in many of the tales that do not take place among the nobility. In contrast to idealized courtly love, sexual desire also plays a large role in The Canterbury Tales. Many of the tales are bawdy and focus on physical lust. The Wife of Bath is very frank about her relations with her five husbands.
Death is the end of every worldly pain. A love grown old is not the love once new. And so I meekly beseech you, for God's mercy, that you pray for me, that Christ may have mercy upon me and forgive me my trespasses, in particular any translations and my authorship of works of worldly vanity, the which I revoke in this Retraction. More Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes. Hamlet Quotes. Moby Dick Quotes.
This prison caused me nat for to crye, But I was hurt right now thurghout myn ye Into myn herte, that wol my bane be. The fairnesse of that lady that I see Is cause of al my crying and my wo. Palamon feels so taken by her beauty, he believes his feelings reflect love at first sight. Readers know, however, that he has been locked in a tower for some time, so perhaps this sudden and new flood of highly charged emotion does feel like pain. The other knight, Arcite, also falls instantly in love with the beautiful Emelye, and the two men, once loyal friends, become enemies. The fact that the Knight includes two examples of love at first sight also provides some insight into his character: He clearly believes or wants to believe that such an event is real. He ne hadde for his labour but a scorn.