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Word for the Wise October 25, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Geoffrey Chaucer

The birth date of Geoffrey Chaucer is unrecorded (probably during 1342), but by the time that ribald poet and writer died in the year 1400, he was famous enough both to be buried in Westminster Abbey (quite the honor for a commoner) and for the date of his death—October 25th—to be remembered. (来源:英语麦当劳 http://www.EnglishCN.com)

Chaucer’s contributions to literature are memorable, but he is cited at only one place in the Unabridged Dictionary, as an example of a now-archaic sense of seek: "to have recourse; make request; apply." Chaucer used seek that way when he wrote "to whom I seek for my medicine."

We suppose we have no recourse but to share a few Chaucerian observations. Seek your own counsel on the meaning of this: "The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people," wrote that wise and fun-loving fellow. He also wrote about the wisdom of forbearance in matters of love. "Anger, sickness, or planetary influences, wine, sorrow, or changing of disposition often causes one to do or speak amiss," Chaucer pointed out. "One cannot scold or complain at every word…One cannot be avenged for every wrong." So what is a lover to do? Geoffrey Chaucer believed "[He] who is the most patient in love…has the greatest advantage. Patience…vanquishe[s], as these scholars say, things that rigor would never manage."

 
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