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GEOFFREY CHAUCER´S CONTRIBUTIONS

We believe Geoffrey Chaucer was a precursor of the English language as we know it presently for many reasons, one of them being his relevant position in the affairs of the government having served under the appointment of three successive kings. He is mostly remembered as a poet, an avocation brought to the forefront of his early twenties when he deliberately decided to write in the English language having four other languages from which to choose. As a social philosopher during his tenure at the government, as an ambassador and as a poet Chaucer imprinted his life and work with a social criticism, mixed with love, spiritual, philosophical and earthly presentations. His most renowned piece, ‘the Canterbury Tales’ are by many standards a measuring yardstick against many writers who copied the style while wishing to emulate the social ‘courtly’ knowledge Chaucer mastered. This work, bordering on the erotic provides a glimpse on the fragilities of humankind while using the backdrop of Chaucer’s preferred environment also while affording the author a ‘third party voice’ with all the liberty this act can provide while staying ‘politically correct’ within his political world.

We think that the influence exerted by this person was on one chronological perspective due to his political and influential position within the ‘roots’ of the English language. From a strictly political view, his position within the government allowed his work to be disseminated profusely. And relevant to the quality of his work, his spicy character and refined sense of humor which pleased the ‘court’ allowed for many contemporary and predecessor writers to follow his footsteps. Thus becoming the paradigm of what is known as ‘Middle English’

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