Saturday, May 13, 2006

But if You Love Literature, Here’s an Easy One

...complete with Middle English spelling: here are the lines you should have been forced to lean by heart in English Lit 101. Give me the author and title of the work.

Whan that Aprille with his shoures sotte

The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,

And bathed every veyne in swich liquor,

Of which vertu engendred is the flour…

Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages

…very easy. Strict honor code: no looking it up for this very easy one. I’ll buy a cup of coffee to the first reader posted who gets it right without cribbing.


  1. Robert W. WallaceMay 13, 2006 at 8:15 AM

    The Canterbury Tales by
    Geoffrey Chaucer

  2. Yes, Robert W. Wallace is right about Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. But can he recite it in Middle English? I can!