Thursday, December 20, 2012

Chaucer's Prologue

*Bell Work (Imagery, Brume, Homily, Immanence, Pompous, Infer)
*Finish Mock Trial
*The Canterbury Tales slideshow

"The Flea" Response (due before you leave)
Verdict for the trial (~500 words; follow the directions provided in the handout)

Canterbury Style Illustration of a Person
1. Pick a well-known figure/social role to describe (think Chaucer's clergymen, knight, etc., but the modern-day equivalents)
2.  Think about your character and write a Chaucer-style description of them (1 paragraph [1/2 a age]-1 page)

  • Include one example of alliteration
  • Write in heroic couplets (rhyming pairs of lines in Iambic Pentameter)
    • Iambic Pentameter
      • Ten syllables per line
      • Every other syllable is stressed
    • Couplet
      • Two consecutive lines with the same end rhyme (a a b b c c d d e e f f g g and so on rhyme scheme)
  • Include Indirect characterization (description of clothes, actions, thoughts, how others perceive them)
  • You may also include a few instances of direct characterization (saying something like x is a worthy fellow, good man, etc.)
  • Try to provide satirical stereotypes as Chaucer did
3.  Have fun with this!

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