Short Questions and Answers of ‘Prologue to Canterbury Tales’ by Geoffrey Chaucer

Define poetry?

Poetry is one genre of literature in which rhythmic and aesthetic qualities of language is used. It may be in verse or meter with or without symbolism, imagery, simile and metaphor etc.

Define alliteration?

The repetition of initial consonant sounds of words close together in a phrase or line of poetry is called ‘Alliteration’. Examples:

  • Dark drop
  • Tip top
  • Breeze blue
  • Cold coffee


What do you mean by accent?

Accent is the significant stress on the syllable or emphasis a syllable. It is denoted by (/).


What is apostrophe?

Apostrophe is a figure of speech in which poet addresses a died or absent person, abstract idea or personification like Walt Whitman’s poemO captain, my captain”.

How is a simile different from a metaphor?

Simile is a direct comparison of two things by using “as” and “like” and metaphor is as one thing is described as being another thing.


Define humour?

Humour is a literary work in which a character, dialogue or situation seem funny/ amusable/ laughable or ludicrous.

Define irony?

“The contrast between appearance and reality is called irony“.  There are many types of irony like irony of dialogue, irony of situation and irony of character etc. What a character says and what he actually means? is the irony of dialogue. What a character thinks himself and what he actually is? What he desires but what actually occurs? are the irony of characterWhat a character believes and what the readers know? What we had expected and what actually happens? are the irony of situations.


Define satire?

Satire is a formal term usually applies to written literature. It is ridicule of human folly and vices with the purpose to bring about reform.


What do you understand by understatement?

Understatement is a literary device in which a writer or speaker attributes less importance or less passion than the subject would demand. For example, “a bit cold at the North Pole”.


What do you understand by Renaissance?

Renaissance means “rebirth”. It is rebirth (change) of literature, society, culture and religion after middle ages (14th to 17th century).

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