English literature thomas poletto

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400)

Despite Chaucer lived in the 14th century, he describes a society that is very similar to the one we're living in.

The Merchant - The Canterbury Tales

I really loved this character because he reflects the kind of person who tells lies over and over about himself, just to get credit in front of other people. The apparel doesn't make the monk.

"This estimable Merchant so had set his wits to work, none knew he was in debt."

The Wife of Bath - The Canterbury Tales

This is my favourite character, is very unusual compared to the 14th century's society. The wife of Bath is a business woman who's looking for fun and new adventures even in a pilgrimage, in the text Chaucer wrote a lot of sexual innuendos to describe her.

"Easily on an ambling horse she sat."
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Emotions and feelings. This is what Shakespeare is all about, a master at comunicating us these things, even in 2017.

Shall I compare thee - Sonnet XVIII

This sonnet is dedicated to a friend, the "fair youth"; Shakespeare opposes the time to the eternal beauty. I appreciated this sonnet because Shakespeare celebrates also the immortality of literature, in fact art is the only thing that escapes from time and allows us to know the existence of humanity in millenniums.

"But thy eternal summer shall not fade."

Hamlet meets the Ghost - Hamlet

I loved the part where the ghost asks Hamlet to kill king Claudius, a father who obliges his son to kill the king and symbolically the God, just to avenge himself. What kind of father could ask his son to kill someone??

"Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder!"

To be or not to be - Hamlet

This is my favourite Hamlet's scene, Shakespeare tells us his point of view about the "undiscovered country" and life's problems. Do you think death ends all the problems? No, not anymore. Nobody knows what happen when we die, when we pass from the known to the UNknown.

"The undiscover'd country from whose bourn no traveller returns, puzzles the will."


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