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From: Monarch Notes
Sir Thopas is one of the two tales assigned to Chaucer himself as
narrator. It is a delightful spoof of a type of popular, jingling romance,
known as "tail-rhyme romances." Even if one were totally unfamiliar with
Thomas of Erceldoune, however, or other examples of the type, he would have
no difficulty recognizing the poem as a satire on exaggerated literary
versions of deeds of knight-errantry. The most humorous aspect of all, of
course, is that Chaucer should have given himself this dreary sort of tale
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