Monday, January 11, 2010


I had forgotten just how lovely English majors are (and I don't mean to say that just because I am one!). Fall quarter I was unable to take and English classes because well, the one that I was enrolled in got cancelled (Budget cuts stink!) But, honestly I think it was for the best. I was incredibly busy working 40 hours a week, with hardly any time to study, or sleep. How I did so well in my classes? I have no idea! And before fall quarter, it was summer. So, needless to say it has been awhile since my last English class. I am so excited to be in class with other people who love to read books like The Picture of Dorian Gray for fun! I have so many papers, and projects to do it is going to be a busy quarter! But I think the real insane part is that I am really excited to get started on them. Right now in my Victorian Writers class we are reading Pride and Prejudice, which just so happens to be one of my favorite books. And in my Chaucer class, I have to memorize the first sentence of the General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales. But don't be fooled by the simplicity of that statement. The first sentence is 18 lines long, and in middle English. And, well I am kind of excited for it.

The Canterbury Tales- Geoffrey Chaucer

Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
5 Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
10 That slepen al the nyght with open eye-
(So priketh hem Nature in hir corages);
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages
And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes
To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
15 And specially from every shires ende
Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,
The hooly blisful martir for to seke
That hem hath holpen, whan that they were seeke.
My professor says that it will come in handy at cocktail parties, I am skeptical. But, I suppose only time will tell if that statement is true.

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