Explanatory Notes to The Knight's Tale,
A Check List (Lines I.859-3108)

 

Here are a list of subjects, a sample of the Explanatory Notes for The Knight's Tale in The Canterbury Tales Complete and The Riverside Chaucer. Jot down a brief explanation of each of the following terms; then check your answers against the notes cited in parentheses at the end of each entry.

1)       Teseida (Expl. Notes, p. 359)

2)       occupatio (I.875-88)

3)       Mars the red (I.975)

4)       Love's fatal glance (I.1977-97)

5)       sworn brothers (I.1132)

6)       positif lawe (I.1167)

7)       demande d'amour, love-problem (I.1347)

8)       loveris maladye of Heroes (I.1355-76)

9)       humour malencolik (I.1374-76)

10)      May, The thridde night (I.1462-64)

11)      claree (I.1471)

12)      Friday as changeable day (I.1534-39)

13)      destiny and purveiaunce (I.1663-72)

14)      pitee renneth sone (I.1761)

15)      symbolism of colors (I.1929)

16)      the two-fold Venus (I.1955-66)

17)      houre inequal (I.2271

18)      Three forms of Diana (I.2313)

19)      Saturn (I.2443-78)

20)      alliterating poetry (I.2601-16)

21)      vertu expulsif (I.2749)

22)      pilgrimage as metaphor (I.2848)

23)      gloves white (I.2874).

 

If you get nineteen or more of these right, you have done very well; if you got less than that, you should browse through those notes once more. You need not read every note nor every part of the notes you do read. However, some time spent on the notes will increase your understanding of Chaucer's world and his art.

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