Who is Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (; c. 1340s – 25 October 1400) was an English poet, author, and civil servant best known for The Canterbury Tales. He has been called the "father of English literature", or, alternatively, the "father of English poetry". He was the first writer to be buried in what has since come to be called Poets' Corner, in Westminster Abbey. Chaucer also gained fame as a philosopher and astronomer, composing the scientific A Treatise on the Astrolabe for his 10-year-old son Lewis. He maintained a career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier, diplomat, and member of parliament.

Among Chaucer's many other works are The Book of the Duchess, The House of Fame, The Legend of Good Women, and Troilus and Criseyde. He is seen as crucial in legitimising the literary use o...
Read Full Biography of Geoffrey Chaucer


Geoffrey Chaucer Poems

  • To My Empty Purse
    To you, my purse, and to none other wight,
    Complain I, for ye be my lady dere;
    I am sorry now that ye be light,
    For, certes, ye now make me heavy chere; ...
  • The Canterbury Tales; The Persouns Tale
    Part 30


    PROLOGUE TO THE PERSOUNS TALE ...
  • The Complaint Of Chaucer To His Purse
    To yow, my purse, and to noon other wight
    Complayne I, for ye be my lady dere!
    I am so sory, now that ye been lyght;
    For certes, but ye make me hevy chere, ...
  • The Friar's Tale
    This worthy limitour, this noble Frere,
    He made always a manner louring cheer* *countenance
    Upon the Sompnour; but for honesty* *courtesy
    No villain word as yet to him spake he: ...
  • The Complaint Unto Pity
    Pite, that I have sought so yore agoo
    With herte soore and ful of besy peyne,
    That in this world was never wight so woo
    Withoute deth-- and yf I shal not feyne, ...
Read All Poems


Top 10 most used topics by Geoffrey Chaucer

God 38 I Love You 36 Love 36 Good 34 World 31 Never 28 Lady 24 Pray 24 Noble 22 Save 22


Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes

Read All Quotes


Comments about Geoffrey Chaucer

Dnd_lich: [quote by geoffrey chaucer (the canterbury tales)]
Welfordwrites: the prioress's tale, by geoffrey chaucer. this canterbury tale does not read well today, due to its rabid anti-semitism.
Rowe13rjvj: clothbound classics: the canterbury tales: geoffrey chaucer 71205ow
Welfordwrites: the merchant's tale, by geoffrey chaucer. in this canterbury tale a young wife and her lover get away with deceiving her elderly, blind husband. the moral message seems a bit confused!
Kesslergzgk: the life and writings of geoffrey chaucer tdsqnor
Read All Comments


Write your comment about Geoffrey Chaucer


Poem of the day

Thomas Hardy Poem
Her Reproach
 by Thomas Hardy

Con the dead page as 'twere live love: press on!
Cold wisdom's words will ease thy track for thee;
Aye, go; cast off sweet ways, and leave me wan
To biting blasts that are intent on me.

But if thy object Fame's far summits be,
Whose inclines many a skeleton o'erlies
That missed both dream and substance, stop and see
...

Read complete poem

Popular Poets