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Section 1 :: Stanzas 01 - 10
Section 2 :: Stanzas 11 - 20
Section 3 :: Stanzas 21 - 38
Section 4 :: Stanzas 39 - 49
Section 5 :: Stanzas 50 - 58
Section 6 :: Stanzas 59 - 66
Section 7 :: Stanzas 66 - 76
Section 8 :: Stanzas 77 - 86
The Testament of Cresseid
Notes on Poem
Questions relating to stanzas 01 - 10
What time of year do the events in 'The Testament' take place?
The narrators’ goes into his oratur to:
discuss Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde with a friend
listen to music
Why is the decision to pray to Venus an appropriate one?
Venus is the goddess of love and the story is about family love
Venus is the goddess of love and the narrator is sympathetic towards Cresseid
Venus is the goddess of love and she plays an important part in the events
Venus is the goddess of Love and the story is basically a romance
The narrator tells us that:
love is for husband and wife
love is for everyone
love is for the old
love is for the young
To cope with the cold, the narrator stokes up the fire, warmed himself up and what other thing?
he wraps himself up
he eats some food
he takes a drink
he sits near the fire
The narrator cannot guarantee the authenticity of the second story anymore that he can be sure that Chaucer is telling the truth. Which words tell us this?
In gudelie termis
Lesley Porter's notes supplied by permission of Fife Council.
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