Providence and incest reconsidered: Chaucer's poetic judgement of his Man of Law. (Geoffrey Chaucer)

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From: Papers on Language & Literature
Date: 19940322
Author:Pelen, Marc M.

The Man of Law's attempt to tell a moral tale while invoking the Muse of poetry in Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' is undermined by Chaucer, who makes apparent the irony of seeking secular morality from non-secular poetics. Ovid was likely Chaucer's influence for this type of moral tale that actually negates itself through its poetic vision. The Man of Law's attempts to moralise about purity fail to consider the ultimate moral, the forgiveness and salvation that only providence can provide.

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The Man of Law in Chauser's Poetic Judgment

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