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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The House of fame - Geoffrey Chaucer


The House of fame,The Hous of fame,Geoffrey Chaucer,The Parlement of Foules,

The House of fame or The Hous of fame Geoffrey Chaucer


The poem was supposed to be written between 1374 and 1385 is a dream vision. The narrator has here transported a temple of glass where he sees the images of famous warriors and lovers. He is taken therefrom and carried off by a talking Eagle and dropped close to a big tower. He enters the castle and has the experience of the diverse ways in which fame spreads and melts away.

Like the other Chaucerian work The Parlement of Foules, this is also based on French allegorical poetry. The poet here presents the capricious way in which fame moves and spreads. Of course, the allegory has a deeper sense to suggest, how fame often proves deceptive and dangerous for men. Chaucer's enjoyable sense of wit and humor is well evident here. The poem remains a quite vigorous, engaging, and original allegory, which might have proved the inspiration for Spenserian allegorical works. In The Hous of Fame, however, the influence of Divina Commedia of the celebrated Italian poet, Dante is perceived. But, Chaucer's pattern is French, and not Italian, and the mood of the poem, rather lively, is different from Dantesque.

The poem is written in Chaucerian octosyllabic couplets. This is, however, left unfinished by the author. 

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