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Best Chaucer Poems

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Chaucer translation: Merciless Beauty
Merciles Beaute ("Merciless Beauty")
by Geoffrey Chaucer
loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

Your eyes slay me suddenly;
their beauty I cannot sustain,
they wound me so, through my heart...

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Categories: chaucer, beauty, heart, relationship, romance,
Form: Roundel



Chaucer and a Cup and Saucer
Chaucer and a Cup and Saucer

I just had been reading some Chaucer
When I picked up a cup from its saucer
Looked below and by chance saw...

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© James Horn  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: chaucer, humorous,
Form: Couplet
Chaucer translation: Rejection
Rejection
a roundel by Geoffrey Chaucer
loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

Your beauty from your heart has so erased
Pity, that it's useless to complain;
For Pride now holds...

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Categories: chaucer, beauty, french, heart, innocence,
Form: Roundel
The Call of the Alpha Male
Robin Hood, man in tights
Julius Caesar, might makes right
Alexander, called "the Great"
Sitting Bull, righteous hate
Robert the Bruce, Attila the Hun
Charlemagne, Napoleon

Hear the call of the...

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Categories: chaucer, funny, hero, humorous, men,
Form: Light Verse
Premium Member Solitude in Academia
Homer, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Goethe, and Crane;
Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy, Whitman, and Twain;
Whose imagination and toil helped to unfold
Stories, philosophies, and lessons to be told.

The...

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Categories: chaucer, books, deep, happiness, inspiration,
Form: Rhyme



Shakespeareaholic
He didn’t care for Wilde,
And Chaucer was ‘alright,’
But quoted from The Bard
At morning, noon and night.

He loved the characters,
The funny and bizarre -
And fat old...

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© jack horne  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: chaucer, devotion
Form: Verse
Tide and Time
Icy shards reflect what is seen  
but not what is meant to be  
I will wait not on tomorrow  
as the temples...

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© TS Poetry  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: chaucer, life,
Form: Dramatic Monologue
Premium Member So Many Choices
Harvard, Princeton or Yale?
   I'll take some courses by mail
Engineering or Mathematics?
   I'm majoring in Acrobatics

Piano, Violin, Flute or Clarinet?
 ...

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Categories: chaucer, growth, judgement, life,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member The Dreamer
I wrote this 50 years ago, yup, been dipping the brain in ink for a few years now.

What do you do on a rainy day...

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Categories: chaucer, life,
Form: Rhyme
Sweet Rose of Virtue: William Dunbar Translation
Sweet Rose of Virtue
by William Dunbar (c. 1460-1530)
loose translation/modernization/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

after William Dunbar

Sweet rose of virtue and of gentleness,
delightful lily of youthful wantonness,
richest...

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Categories: chaucer, character, desire, devotion, flower,
Form: Sonnet
EULOGY FOR FRANK
My father died prematurely while away on 
a business trip from a rogue blood clot to the heart  
I never doubted he loved me,...

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© Nola Perez  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: chaucer, hero,
Form: Dramatic Monologue
In Miami

I went to Miami to find the beach
The beach was sandy and warm
It tasted like rye whiskey
Smooth and hard to forget

I went to New York...

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Categories: chaucer, allegory, identity,
Form: Free verse
Strangers
 Warning, this poem is dark. It is inspired by the  Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.

Gather around and hear of the strange day,
When three...

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© Del Higgs  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: chaucer, dark,
Form: Iambic Pentameter
Ancestry: Bards
Homer,Chaucer, Shakespeare, Keats, Eliot
Soyinka, Okigbo, Osundare
Now me, recycling human ideas...

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Categories: chaucer, history
Form: Haiku
Premium Member Wonderland I: The Hatter's Tale
Morning

Impaired by his tremors
And a troublesome cough,
He turned fur into felt
Before cooling things off.

He drooled once or twice
And grew cold in his bones,
But he shaped...

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Categories: chaucer, drink, fantasy, imagery, literature,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Unquotable quotes: Poets - XXXVI
Unquotable quotes: Poets, Poetasters and Platos – XXXVI

     For James McAuley – in remembrance of a memorable week in Cardiff 1965...

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© T Wignesan  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: chaucer, creation, poetry, poets, word
Form: Epigram
Premium Member Robotic Ascension - Part 1
It was a grey day more or less on planet earth,
But earth’s robots hardly noticed at all
Robot logic so tuned into ones and zeros,
On and...

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Categories: chaucer, life, planet,
Form: Blank verse
A Word with you, TS
A moment of your time TS Eliot
as I shall praise you with glory.
You are a genius,
an American now an English Gentleman
went to Harvard,
went to London,
Married...

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Categories: chaucer, beautiful, beauty, dedication, devotion,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Wonderland III: The Hairdresser's Tale
Morning

She would chat and then nod as she washed
And laugh as she dried and then curled
But behind all the smiles that were wide, fixed and...

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Categories: chaucer, abuse, dark, dream, fantasy,
Form: Narrative
The Bucket List
The Bucket List

Imagine if you will, a scene unlike any other,
Sipping Espresso daybreak, foothills of snow that smother.
Pavement Café in Zermatt, first patron of the...

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© Kevin Shaw  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: chaucer, holiday, travel,
Form: Rhyme
Burnel or Brunellus the Ass
If two heads are better than one
How much better is three.
For the time has come 
When Translators cannot agree.

Nigel wrote the words in Latin script
And...

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Categories: chaucer, animal, political,
Form: Light Verse
Premium Member Wonderland II: The Watchmaker's Tale
Morning

Having sighed a great sigh
He perused all his tools
From the mainsprings and tweezers
To the wheels and the jewels.

He removed the large case latch
From the pocket...

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Categories: chaucer, betrayal, business, fantasy, literature,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Wonderland IV: The Chef's Tale
Morning

The Innkeeper checked his watch once again 
Hoping the chef's feelings weren't hurt.
The last time they were, he arrived two hours late
And then left, serving...

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Categories: chaucer, betrayal, conflict, drink, food,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member A Leafy Land
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Categories: chaucer, england, history,
Form: Free verse
Brexit Is Icumen In, May's Gone Cuckoo
Brexit Is Icumenn In, May's gone cuckoo!

No shame is poverty, if the heart by gay !
As Chaucer's Wife of Bath was wont to say;
Is this the...

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Categories: chaucer, political,
Form: Political Verse