Geoffrey Chaucer: The Father Of English Literatures

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Geoffrey Chaucer, known as the Father of English literatures, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. He was the first poet to be buried in Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey. While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, and astronomer, composing a scientific treaty on the astrolabe for his ten-year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Early life He was born circa 1340, most likely at his parents’ house on Thames Street in London, England. Chaucer’s family was of the bourgeois class, descended from an affluent family who made their money in the London wine trade. He is believed to have attended the St. Paul’s…show more content…
When the queen died in 1369, it served to strength Philippa’s position and subsequently Chaucer’s as well. From 1370 to 1373, he went abroad again and fulfilled diplomatic mission in Florence and Genoa, helping establish an English port in Genoa. In 1377 and 1388,, he engaged in yet more diplomatic missions, with the objective of finding a French wife for Richard Ⅱ and securing military aid in Italy. In 1385, he petitioned for temporary leave. When Philippa passed away in 1387, Chaucer stopped sharing in her loyal annuities and suffered financial…show more content…
He was the first man to create the British-style poetry, and he made great contributions to the history of English literature. The British and the world's writers are highly rated for Chaucer. Because of that he not only opened the British Elizabethan literature path, but also affected the later British literary writers. The change and evolution of his personal style can be seen from Chaucer's representative works. In the mature period Chaucer is not only to create his own unique style works, but also to use this unique style to open the Elizabethan period of literary peak. The greatest influence of Chaucer's works was the famous drama writer, Shakespeare. Shakespeare's work was the product of his deep study of Chaucer's work. Although in the same period of literary writers, Chaucer's work is a collection of many cultures of the works, but he also created a unique style of their own. Therefore, his works are very British characteristics, praised as the father of British poetry is
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