Chaucer's The Complaint of Mars. (analysis of a Geoffrey Chaucer poem)

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From: The Explicator
Date: 19960322
Author:Williams, Sean D.

Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Complaint of Mars' examines the different aspects of love. Courtly love, specifically unrequited love, is exemplified by Mars' pursuit of the seemingly unattainable Venus. The second level connotes the shame associated with courtly love where Mars endures the compulsion to defend his and Venus' love. The third level defines love as the ultimate pain as Mars and Venus take their separate positions among the stars. These contradictory themes reflect the same pessimism prevalent in Chaucer's other poetry.

In Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Complaint of Mars," three carefully ...

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