Chaucer and the Poets
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Chaucer and the Poets

By Winthrop Wetherbee
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In this sensitive reading of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, Winthrop Wetherbee redefines the nature of Chaucer’s poetic vision. Using as a starting point Chaucer’s profound admiration for the achievement of Dante and the classical poets, Wetherbee sees the Troilus as much more than a courtly treatment of an event in ancient history—it is, he asserts, a major statement about the poetic tradition from which it emerges. Wetherbee demonstrates the evolution of the poet-narrator of the Troilus, who begins as a poet of romance, bound by the characters’ limited worldview, but who in the end becomes a poet capable of realizing the tragic and ultimately the spiritual implications of his story.

Table of Contents
  • CHAUCER AND THE POETS
    • Contents
    • Preface
    • A Note on Texts
    • Introduction
    • 1. The Narrator, Troilus, and the Poetic Agenda
    • 2. Love Psychology: The Troilus and the Roman de la Rose
    • 3. History versus the Individual: Vergil and Ovid in the Troilus
    • 4. Thebes and Troy: Statius and Dante's Statius
    • 5. Dante and the Troilus
    • 6. Character and Action: Criseyde and the Narrator
    • 7. Troilus Alone
    • 8. The Ending of the Troilus
    • Index
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