616 years ago, on 17 April 1397, Geoffrey Chaucer read his Canterbury Tales aloud for the first time.
Of course, Chaucer was English. He was born in London, which made him English through and through. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. It has been said that Stratford is exactly in the heart of England, which makes Shakespeare English through and through.
Chaucer was one of the first poets to use a five-line stress that is directly related to Shakespeare and his iambic pentameter.
|from The Canterbury Tales|
Shakespeare was born not long after in 1564. I would think that Shakespeare would have made a pilgrimage to his tomb as soon as he arrived in London. I like to imagine that he would visit it often over the years, in good and bad times.
David B. Schajer
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