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The ponderings of a poet: architecture as representative of an author's concerns in Geoffrey Chaucer's House of Fame




Geoffrey Chaucer, House of Fame

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One of Geoffrey Chaucer 's most well-known dream visions, The House of Fame, abounds with allusions to the concerns that writers must wrestle with at some point during their careers. Throughout the work, Chaucer discusses the purpose of writing, the value of poetry, and the worthiness of fame, but perhaps his biggest concerns lie among the questions of the future: Should he embark on a new trail of topics for his writing rather than traverse the worn road of love from his writing predecessors? How long, if at all, will his works last into the future? What can one do to make his work stand the test of time? Chaucer's pondering of these concerns is evident throughout the entirety of The House of Fame, but they are most prevalent in Book III, consisting of his attendance in the houses of Fame and Rumour. [Honours thesis]

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