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    Matricola L'avatar di giorgyceri
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    The Wife of Bath
    A worthy woman from beside Bath city
    Was with us, somewhat deaf, which was a pity.
    In making cloth she showed so great a bent
    She bettered those of Ypres and of Ghent.
    In all the parish not a dame dared stir
    Towards the altar steps in front of her,
    And if indeed they did, so wrath was she
    As to be quite put out of charity.
    Her kerchiefs were of finely woven ground;
    I dared have sworn they weighed a good ten pound,
    The ones she wore on Sunday, on her head.
    Her hose were of the finest scarlet red
    And gartered tight; her shoes were soft and new.
    Bold was her face, handsome, and red in hue.
    A worthy woman all her life, what’s more
    She’d had five husbands, all at the church door,
    Apart from other company in youth;
    No need just now to speak of that, forsooth.
    And she had thrice been to Jerusalem,
    Seen many strange rivers and passed over them;
    She’d been to Rome and also to Boulogne,
    St. James of Compostella and Cologne,
    And she was skilled in wandering by the way.
    She had gap-teeth, set widely, truth to say.
    Easily on an ambling horse she sat
    Well wimpled up, and on her head a hat
    As broad as is a buckler or a shield;
    She had a flowing mantle that concealed
    Large hips, her heels spurred sharply under that.
    In company she liked to laugh and chat
    And knew the remedies for love’s mischances,
    An art in which she knew the oldest dances.


    esercizi:
    _what is the rhyme scheme of this extract?
    _what type of language does the narrator use here?choose from among the following and give reasons for your choice:
    formal,colloquial,contemptous,affectionate,lyrical ,ironic,judgemental,playful,elaborate,respectful,r ealistic,idealistic.
    _are there any similes in the text?
    _as we saw before,Chaucer often uses houmor and irony to describe his charaters.Can you find some examples in the text you have read?


    queste sono alcune domande che mi mancano le altre le ho fatte da sola.vi prego di aiutarmi,anke se ne fate solo 2 fa nnt basta ke mi date una mano.la mia testa sta andando in fiamme a furia d studiare.please help me!

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    Matricola L'avatar di vassilichi
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    [QUOTE=giorgyceri;55837]The Wife of Bath
    [I] _what type of language does the narrator use here?choose from among the following and give reasons for your choice:
    formal,colloquial,contemptous,affectionate,lyrical ,ironic,judgemental,playful,elaborate,respectful,r ealistic,idealistic.

    the language the narrator uses is lyrical as we can see at the first 2 lines for example - bath city-was a city - or woven ground - good ten pound. the type could also be characterised as ironic as we can see in these lines:
    Her kerchiefs were of finely woven ground;
    I dared have sworn they weighed a good ten pound,
    The ones she wore on Sunday, on her head.

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    _as we saw before,Chaucer often uses houmor and irony to describe his charaters.Can you find some examples in the text you have read?

    the writer uses irony and humor to describe the woman as we can see in these examples:
    Was with us, somewhat deaf, which was a pity.
    I dared have sworn they weighed a good ten pound,
    And she was skilled in wandering by the way.
    She had gap-teeth, set widely, truth to say.

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