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The Book Club :
Troilus and Criseyed - Chaucer

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 Splitter (original poster member #43957) posted at 5:16 AM on Friday, September 12th, 2014

Anyone read Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyed"?

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jjct ( member #17484) posted at 1:16 PM on Friday, September 12th, 2014

No. But I admire the heck out of you for reading it.

Chaucer gave an early description of the skill of "reframing" (which is hella useful 'round these parts!)

"All things are understood through their contraries. For how could the sweet ever have been known by one who had never tasted the bitter? No man may be truly glad, I believe, that was never in distress. Set white next to black and shame next to honor, and each shows forth more, as all men know. Then since so much may be learned from contraries, I, who have so often fared grievously in love, ought to know how to counsel you in your dismay."

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 Splitter (original poster member #43957) posted at 1:43 PM on Friday, September 12th, 2014

Actually, it's a pretty easy read. Lots of humor and for some some reason the rhymes have carried me through. I picked it up randomly from a discount t shelf and saw it was a story about betrayal, so went for it.

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 Splitter (original poster member #43957) posted at 2:15 PM on Friday, September 12th, 2014

Double post

[This message edited by Splitter at 8:15 AM, September 12th (Friday)]

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rachelc ( member #30314) posted at 2:19 PM on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

I took an entire class on Chaucer in college. I squeaked out of there with a D and was happy about it. We had to read it all in Old English. Fun times.

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caregiver9000 ( member #28622) posted at 1:36 AM on Friday, October 3rd, 2014

We had to read it all in Old English. Fun times

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Only an English major who suffered similarly would laugh at this.

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 Splitter (original poster member #43957) posted at 3:29 AM on Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Heh, mine was translated into modern English. No way I could have hacked through the original in ye olde englishe!

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rachelc ( member #30314) posted at 11:59 PM on Saturday, October 4th, 2014

I know! WTF! Who teaches this? Or would to High schoolers?

The only gal who got an A became a nun..

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UKgirl ( member #17062) posted at 10:28 PM on Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Can you tell me which edition you have? I'd like to read it, but can't be doing with trawling through the original.

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 Splitter (original poster member #43957) posted at 11:39 PM on Sunday, October 5th, 2014

My version was translated by Nevill Coghill. ISBN 0-14-044239-1

Always trust dudes named Nevill with your translations from ye olde englishe.

If you read it, UKgirl, let me know what you think, especially of the end.

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