English poetry

Poems in English

The Wife of Bath’s Tale

THE PROLOGUE. 1 Experience, though none authority* *authoritative texts Were in this world, is right enough for me To speak […]

The Knight’s Tale

WHILOM*, as olde stories tellen us, *formerly There was a duke that highte* Theseus. *was called Of Athens he was […]

The Reeve’s Tale

THE PROLOGUE. WHEN folk had laughed all at this nice case Of Absolon and Hendy Nicholas, Diverse folk diversely they […]

Troilus And Criseyde: Book 05

Incipit Liber Quintus. Aprochen gan the fatal destinee That Ioves hath in disposicioun, And to yow, angry Parcas, sustren three, […]

Troilus And Criseyde: Book 04

Prohemium. But al to litel, weylaway the whyle, Lasteth swich Ioye, y-thonked be Fortune! That semeth trewest, whan she wol […]

The Cook’s Tale

THE PROLOGUE. THE Cook of London, while the Reeve thus spake, For joy he laugh’d and clapp’d him on the […]

The Miller’s Tale

THE PROLOGUE. When that the Knight had thus his tale told In all the rout was neither young nor old, […]

The General Prologue

WHEN that Aprilis, with his showers swoot*, *sweet The drought of March hath pierced to the root, And bathed every […]

The Sompnour’s Tale

THE PROLOGUE. The Sompnour in his stirrups high he stood, Upon this Friar his hearte was so wood,* *furious That […]

The Friar’s Tale

THE PROLOGUE. This worthy limitour, this noble Frere, He made always a manner louring cheer* *countenance Upon the Sompnour; but […]

Troilus And Criseyde: Book 02

Incipit Prohemium Secundi Libri. Out of these blake wawes for to sayle, O wind, O wind, the weder ginneth clere; […]

Troilus And Criseyde: Book 03

Incipit prohemium tercii libri. O blisful light of whiche the bemes clere Adorneth al the thridde hevene faire! O sonnes […]

The Man of Law’s Tale

THE PROLOGUE. Our Hoste saw well that the brighte sun Th’ arc of his artificial day had run The fourthe […]