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Narrative Poetry:
Metrical Tales
Presented by: Solon, Lilet U.
Definition
o Metrical tale is a narrative poem which is
written in verse that relates to real or
imaginary events in simpl...
Features/Characteristics
o Metrical tale is to poetry what the short story
is to prose.
o It deals with any emotion or pha...
Features/Characteristics
o It has simple structure and tells of a single
incident.
o A narrative told by a known author wi...
Geoffrey Chaucer’s
The Canterbury Tales
Background of the story
o Frame story
o Literature within literature
Format of the poetry
The Canterbury Tales are
called a frame story,
meaning that there are
many stories “framed” in
the la...
Chaucer’s pilgrims represent all classes, all professions in
medieval England.
•Clerk
•Miller
•Manciple
•Yeoman
•Shipman
•...
What genre are the tales?
o Fabliaux - a short, usually comic, frankly coarse,
and often cynical tale in verse
o Bestiary ...
Geoffrey Chaucer
o Went against tradition when he wrote in
Middle English rather than French
o Considered “Father of the E...
The Tale of
The Wyf of
Bathe
,k
He seketh every hous and every place,
Where as he hopeth for to fynde grace
To lerne what thyng wommen loven moost;
But...
Form
o Rhyming couplets – every two lines rhyme
with each other
o Rhythm & meter : iambic pentameter
,k
[He se][keth eve][ry hous] [and eve][ry place],
[Where as] [he ho][peth for] [to fyn][de grace]
[To ler][ne what] [thyn...
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A presentation of the definition, characteristics and features of metrical tales. with sample literary piece.

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Metrical Tales

  1. 1. Narrative Poetry: Metrical Tales Presented by: Solon, Lilet U.
  2. 2. Definition o Metrical tale is a narrative poem which is written in verse that relates to real or imaginary events in simple, straight forward language, from a wide range of subjects, characters, life experiences, and emotional situations.
  3. 3. Features/Characteristics o Metrical tale is to poetry what the short story is to prose. o It deals with any emotion or phase of life and its story is told in a simple, straightforward, and realistic manner. o The characters are ordinary people, concerned with ordinary events.
  4. 4. Features/Characteristics o It has simple structure and tells of a single incident. o A narrative told by a known author with characters, setting, plot and theme. o Metrical tale is written in number of verses.
  5. 5. Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales
  6. 6. Background of the story o Frame story o Literature within literature
  7. 7. Format of the poetry The Canterbury Tales are called a frame story, meaning that there are many stories “framed” in the larger story of the pilgrimage to Canterbury.
  8. 8. Chaucer’s pilgrims represent all classes, all professions in medieval England. •Clerk •Miller •Manciple •Yeoman •Shipman •Physician •Merchant •Pardoner •Franklin •Reeve •Cook •Lawyer “Man of Law” •Narrator •Knight •Squire •Summoner •Friar •Prioress •Two nuns •Summoner •Parson •Monk •Nun’s Priest •2 Nuns •Wife of Bath
  9. 9. What genre are the tales? o Fabliaux - a short, usually comic, frankly coarse, and often cynical tale in verse o Bestiary – a medieval allegorical or moralizing work on the appearance and habits of real or imaginary animals o Sermons – a religious discourse delivered in public usually by a clergyman as a part of a worship service o Courtly love – a late medieval conventionalized code prescribing conduct and emotions of ladies and their lovers
  10. 10. Geoffrey Chaucer o Went against tradition when he wrote in Middle English rather than French o Considered “Father of the English Language” because he went against the norm and chose to write in the language of the people
  11. 11. The Tale of The Wyf of Bathe
  12. 12. ,k He seketh every hous and every place, Where as he hopeth for to fynde grace To lerne what thyng wommen loven moost; But he ne koude arryven in no coost Wher as he myghte fynde in this mateere Two creatures accordynge in feere. Somme seyde, wommen loven best richesse, Somme seyde honour, somme seyde jolynesse, Somme riche array, somme seyden lust abedde, And oftetyme to be wydwe and wedde.
  13. 13. Form o Rhyming couplets – every two lines rhyme with each other o Rhythm & meter : iambic pentameter
  14. 14. ,k [He se][keth eve][ry hous] [and eve][ry place], [Where as] [he ho][peth for] [to fyn][de grace] [To ler][ne what] [thyng wom][men lov][en moost]; [But he] [ne koude] [arry][ven in] [no coost] Wher as he myghte fynde in this mateere Two creatures accordynge in feere. Somme seyde, wommen loven best richesse, Somme seyde honour, somme seyde jolynesse, Somme riche array, somme seyden lust abedde, And oftetyme to be wydwe and wedde.

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