- The House of Fame
The House of Fame is a poem by
Geoffrey Chaucer, it is one of his early works, probably written between 1379and 1380.
It is over 2,000 lines long in three books and takes the form of a
dream visioncomposed in octosyllabic couplets. Upon falling asleep the poet finds himself in a glass temple adorned with images of the famous and their deeds. With an eagle as a guide, he meditates on the nature of fame and the trustworthiness of recorded renown. This allows Geoffrey to contemplate the role of the poet in reporting the lives of the famous and how much truth there is in what can be told.
The poem is regarded as the first of Chaucer's Italian-influenced period and there are echoes of the works of
Ovid, Virgil's " Aeneid" and particularly Dante's " Divine Comedy". The three part structure and the name-dropping of various personalities suggests to some that the poem was meant as a parody of the "Divine Comedy". The work shows a significant advancement in Chaucer's art from the earlier " Book of the Duchess". A reference at the end of the work to a "man of great authority" reporting tidings of love has been interpreted as a reference to the wedding of Richard II and Anne or the betrothal of Philippa of Lancasterand John I of Portugalbut such great events are treated so irreverently to make this unlikely. As with several other works by Chaucer the poem is apparently unfinished, although whether the ending was indeed left incomplete, has been lost, or is a deliberate rhetorical deviceis uncertain.
The terms "galaxy" and "Milky Way" first appeared in the English language in this poem.Quote|"See yonder, lo, the Galaxyë
Which men clepeth the Milky Wey,
For hit is whyt."|Geoffrey Chaucer|Geoffrey Chaucer "
The House of Fame", "c." 1380. [cite web
url = http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=galaxy
title = Online Etymology Dictionary
accessdate = 2007-01-03]
In the eighteenth century, it was adapted by
Alexander Popeas his The Temple of Fame.
* [http://www.umm.maine.edu/faculty/necastro/chaucer/hf Translation and Other Resources at eChaucer]
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