Chaucer and the Poets

Chaucer and the Poets

By Winthrop Wetherbee
Book Description

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
    • 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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