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Why is Geoffrey Chaucer an important figure in the development in the English language Geoffrey Chaucer once wrote And for ther is so gret diversite In English and in writyng of oure tonge So prey I God that non myswrite the Ne the mysmetre for defaute of tonge Which translated into Modern English means And because there is such great diversity In England and in writing tongue So I pray God that none wrongly copy thee Nor get thy meter wrong because of a failure of tongue What that means is that Chaucer wished that people would recite his poems as he had intended them to be recited But he had to pray because his poetry was up against the great diversity that was the English language Chaucer was born around 1340 and was the son of a wealthy merchant At 14 he became a page in the household of the daughter-in-law of King Edward III At 17 he had served for the kings army and had been captured and held for ransom When his ransom was paid he returned to England and spent the rest of his life as a royal courtier He also had a few other administrative posts He served as a member of parliament And he spoke Latin French Italian and English He was in contact with many powerful figures and has an extremely interesting life But the world does not remember him for any of those things the world remembers him for his wonderful ability for poetry He has earned himself the title The Father of English poetry and scholars say he is by far one of the if not greatest poets of all time What separates him from other poets of his time is the fact that he wrote all his poems in English the language of the common people French was the language of the courtly poetry
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