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Medieval authors were not impressed by originality the way we are nowadays Since the value of a poem was proved by its authors skills they focused on the art of writing Or rewriting which meant studying and performing profound changes in a previous text in order to emphasise social factors the personal intentions of the author entertaining edifying advising and their own sense of literary aesthetics Sometimes intertextuality becomes original itself It is astonishing how medieval authors contributed greatly to the evolution of language and literature with their re-reading of classic and contemporary texts Intertextuality is revealed as a tool and an inspirational source and not as it may appear at a first sight as an obstacle to creativity For instance Geoffrey Chaucers work has proved to be original and peculiar although it is based on a miscellany of literary models and traditions The sphere of influence of Chaucer while writing The Canterbury Tales included Bocaccios Decameron Dantes Divine Comedy Petrarchs Canzonere and John Gowers Confessio Amantis But whilst Bocaccio does not give much importance to frame one of Chaucers greatest and most particular abilities lies in the creation of characters Chaucers main interest and quite a modern one is on portraying different human types Chaucer chooses sources that fit with his purposes using intertextuality to achieve a personal creative goal The Wife of Bathss Tale is really appropriate to her character Drawn from a popular story -already written by Gower in his Confessio Amantis and later to become The Wedding of Sir Gawen and the Dame of Ragnell in a manuscript written circa 1450- the Tale looks for an answer to the question What do women most desire In the prologue to the tale Chaucer develops some of his most shiny and colourful narrative thats containing great examples of intertextuality but they are not as obvious as in the tale For instance there is a clear influence of Confessions in the opening lines of
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