The proceedings of the Protestant nations who renounced him made it quite clear, for the first time, why the earlier nations had accepted him. Nobody who knows what tragedy is will say it is unworthy of a tragic poet.
It thus touches the life of Chaucer at two points, since his people were London traders and his patrons were, at least partly, of the baronial party.
Sometimes I say it with groans and grovellings before the just wrath of heaven they sink so low as to boast of not boasting. Yet most of the things that are hinted in depreciation of Chaucer could be said as easily in depreciation of Shakespeare.
But to them the Pope had begun to seem faintly foreign; not on the theory that he was an Italian priest in Rome, but, on the contrary, on the theory that he was a French priest at Avignon. It is partly a sheer incapacity to thank those who have given us everything, because we cannot imagine anything else.
Ignatius Loyola and the great educational movement of the Jesuits. It is typical of the obtusity of some partisans that this passage has been quoted as evidence of scepticism, when it is in perfectly plain words a justification of faith.
Anybody can see that this could be an irritating attitude; but there were two sides to the question. Civilizations go forward in some things, while they go backward in others. He was always important to Catholics, of course, as the tribunal of truth in disputed matters; but as a political and social figure, he really bulks bigger in the modern world than he did in the medieval world; at least in the later medieval world.
He was not superficial. It is rather a responsibility for him. Nobody maintains that Richard was dethroned on the direct issue of the frustrated popular sympathies of his youth; he was dethroned for the somewhat simpler reason that he had an unscrupulous relative who wanted his throne.
We cannot, like the Victorians, talk about them as if they were stone hatchets or wattle houses; things obviously left behind in the past. Everywhere else, whatever was lost by the Pope was gained by the King. When somebody finds one of the Sonnets as dark as the Dark Lady, he admits that it is just possible that Shakespeare's mind may have been slightly superior to his own.
The great medieval civilization had already been wounded, perhaps mortally wounded, by two great griefs; the first material and the other moral. Hundreds of years afterwards, a French poet was struck by the strutting parody of humanity in the poultry yard, and elaborated the same medieval jest, giving the cock the same medieval name.
Men like Wycliffe, living in Chaucer's time, had no notion of such things. His judgments are sufficient to show that he was not superficial. He very soon discovers that distribution is not so easy as it looks. To see the scope of this gigantic jest we must take in the whole position of the poet and the whole conception of the poem.
There was an element in Chaucer that was symbolic to the eye of a serious mystic. Chaucer refers to the Distichs of Cato with this passage: Chaucer makes fun of so many people, that I always doubted whether we could lean so heavily as the learned do on the political or partisan significance of his satire.
Morals are eternal things, though the particular political immorality of the moment is not eternal. But I quote it because it exactly embodies the nineteenth-century notion of which I speak.
They could see that the Pope was now the power who held a whole moral and metaphysical system together; as they themselves had proved, by parting with him in order to found a new moral and metaphysical system.
He is chiefly praised, and occasionally rebuked, for freshness and spontaneity.
For I do really desire to warn the reader, or the critic, of some possible mistakes in or about this book: There had never been anything like the lively realism of the ride to Canterbury done or dreamed of in our literature before.
Chaunticleer the cock is devoted to Pertelote, his favorite hen. A final conclusion will sum up central findings.
He explains that his story is about a carpenter and his wife, and how a clerk "hath set the wrightes cappe" that is, fooled the carpenter. Chaucer is treated as a child, just as the foreign gentleman was treated as a child; but I am sure that Chaucer was quite sufficiently subtle to be as much amused at it as the foreign gentleman.
The Pope was often very much in advance of the Church, as the Encyclical on Labour of Pope Leo XIII would have been very much in advance of many reactionary bishops and priests of his time. They did not really ask to what their Constitutionalism and Commercialism would lead. But to them the Pope had begun to seem faintly foreign; not on the theory that he was an Italian priest in Rome, but, on the contrary, on the theory that he was a French priest at Avignon.
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