Geoffrey Chaucer

(c. 1343 – 25 October 1400 / London, England)

Chaucer's Words to His Scrivener


Adam Scrivener, if ever it thee befall
Boece or Troilus for to write anew,
Under thy long locks thou may'st have the scall
But after my making thou write more true!
So oft a day I must thy work renew,
It to correct, and eke to rub and scrape;
And all is through thy negligence and rape.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Gold Star - 10,313 Points Kim Barney (1/26/2015 3:04:00 PM)

    Totally agree with what John Richter said below. Those others must have been reading a different poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,179 Points John Richter (1/26/2015 6:55:00 AM)

    Optimistic Poem? ? ? ? uuummm.... Wha? Meaningful poem? This poem is one of the harshest criticisms I've ever seen in my life. I'm guessing Chaucer didn't particularly care for Adam Scrivener. Or, at least he didn't care for Adam's writing. In any regard - if anyone should ever liken my own poetry to 'rape' then I certainly would not deem his opinion 'meaningful' or 'optimistic.' (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 21,435 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/26/2015 1:49:00 AM)

    Meaningful poem and likes. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 21,435 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/26/2015 1:48:00 AM)

    Meaningful poem and likes. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,862 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (1/26/2015 1:41:00 AM)

    Very optimistic poem thanks a lot (Report) Reply

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