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Geoffrey Chaucer

Geburtstag: 1343
Todesdatum: 25. Oktober 1400
Andere Namen: Джеффри Чосер

Geoffrey Chaucer war ein englischer Schriftsteller und Dichter, der als Verfasser der Canterbury Tales berühmt geworden ist. In einer Zeit, in der die englische Dichtung noch vorwiegend auf Latein, Französisch oder Anglonormannisch geschrieben wurde, gebrauchte Chaucer die Volkssprache und erhob dadurch das Mittelenglische zur Literatursprache. Sein Familienname leitet sich vom franz. chausseur, „Schuhmacher“, ab.

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„Das Leben so kurz, das Handwerk so lang zu lernen.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer

The Parliament of Fowls, 1382
Original engl.: "The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne."

„If gold rusts, what then can iron do?“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch The Canterbury Tales

Quelle: The Canterbury Tales

„No empty handed man can lure a bird“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch The Canterbury Tales

Quelle: The Canterbury Tales

„the greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch The Canterbury Tales

The Reeve's Tale, l. 134
The Canterbury Tales
Variante: The gretteste clerkes been noght wisest men.
Quelle: The Complete Poetry and Prose

„What is this world? what asketh men to have?“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch The Canterbury Tales

The Knight's Tale, IV, 1919 - 1921
The Canterbury Tales
Kontext: What is this world? what asketh men to have?
Now with his love, now in his colde grave
Allone, withouten any compaignye.

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„Eek for to winne love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch Troilus and Criseyde

Troilus and Criseyde (1380s)
Kontext: Ye knowe eek, that in forme of speche is chaunge
Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh hem; and yet they spake hem so,
And spedde as wel in love as men now do;
Eek for to winne love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.

Book 2, line 22-28

„Taketh the fruit, and let the chaff be still.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch The Canterbury Tales

The Nun's Priest's Tale, l. 672-677
The Canterbury Tales
Kontext: But yet that holden this tale a folly,
As of a fox, or of a cock and hen,
Taketh the morality, good men.
For Saint Paul saith that all that written is,
To our doctrine it is y-writ, ywis;
Taketh the fruit, and let the chaff be still.

„Thanne is it wysdom, as it thynketh me,
To maken vertu of necessity,“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch The Canterbury Tales

The Knight's Tale, lV 2177 - 2186
The Canterbury Tales
Kontext: p>What maketh this, but Juppiter the kyng,
That is prince and cause of alle thyng
Convertynge al unto his propre welle
From which it is deryved, sooth to telle,
And heer-agayns no creature on lyve
Of no degree availleth for to strive.Thanne is it wysdom, as it thynketh me,
To maken vertu of necessity,
And take it weel, that we may nat eschue;
And namely, that to us alle is due.</p

„This world nys but a thurghfare ful of wo,
And we been pilgrymes, passynge to and fro“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch The Canterbury Tales

The Knight's Tale, lV, 1990 - 1992
The Canterbury Tales
Kontext: This world nys but a thurghfare ful of wo,
And we been pilgrymes, passynge to and fro;
Deeth is an ende of every worldly soore.

„Ye knowe eek, that in forme of speche is chaunge
Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh hem“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch Troilus and Criseyde

Book 2, line 22-28
Troilus and Criseyde (1380s)
Kontext: Ye knowe eek, that in forme of speche is chaunge
Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh hem; and yet they spake hem so,
And spedde as wel in love as men now do;
Eek for to winne love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.

„Ech man for hymself, ther is noon other.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch The Canterbury Tales

The Knight's Tale, l. 1181-1182
The Canterbury Tales
Kontext: And therfore, at the kynges court, my brother,
Ech man for hymself, ther is noon other.

„And of your herte up-casteth the visage
To thilke God that after his image
Yow made, and thynketh al nis but a faire
This world, that passeth sone as floures faire.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch Troilus and Criseyde

Book 5, line 1835-1841
Troilus and Criseyde (1380s)
Kontext: O yonge fresshe folkes, he or she,
In which that love up-groweth with your age,
Repeyreth hoom fro worldly vanitee,
And of your herte up-casteth the visage
To thilke God that after his image
Yow made, and thynketh al nis but a faire
This world, that passeth sone as floures faire.

„people can die of mere imagination“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, buch The Canterbury Tales

Quelle: The Canterbury Tales

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