Description - The Book of the Duchess by Geoffrey Chaucer
A sleepless poet lies in his bed, reading the legend of Ceyx and Alcyone, wishing that he might be granted rest. He finally falls asleep, only to have a beautiful vision. Dreaming himself in a chamber with stained glass windows that portray the tale of Troy, the poet hears the sound of a hunting party, which he hurries to join. When the hunt disbands, he follows a small dog into a forest, where he meets a black knight, mourning the loss of his love. The poet cannot understand the exact nature of the knight's grief until the very end of his dream, when he wakes, book still in hand. Reluctant to forget such a wonderful dream, he determines to put it down in verse.
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Author Biography - Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400) is best known for his celebrated work, 'The Canterbury Tales'. Bernard O'Donoghue studied Medieval English at Wadham College, Oxford, where he now teaches. He has published a number of volumes of poetry, including 'Gunpowder' (1995), which won the Whitbread Poetry Award. His latest book is a verse translation of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' (2006).