Chaucer's anxiety of poetic craft: The Squire's Tale

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This essay examines Chaucer's use of prosody in the Squire's Tale and argues that the tale approximates the characteristics of a narrative while simultaneously dramatizing the process by which a poet may come to poetic and prosodic mastery. It considers Chaucer's use of rhyme, enjambment and caesura as deliberate rhetorical constructions designed to emphasize the Squire's anxiety as an author and thus views the Squire's Tale as a self-reflexive commentary on the development of poetic composition. It also examines the prosody of the Knight's Tale as an example of successful poetic maturity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-318+381-382
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Literature and Literary Theory


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