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Irony in The <i>Merchant's Tale</i><sup>*</sup>

J.A. Burrow

in Essays on Medieval Literature

Published in print March 1984 | ISBN: 9780198111870
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.003.0003
Irony in The Merchant's Tale*

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This chapter discusses the use of irony in another work by Chaucer, this time the Merchant's Tale. A number of excerpts and lines from the poem are taken and then subsequently analysed. From this analysis, the irony that is being used in these instances is then revealed. Based on the examinations made in this poem, it can be determined that the irony Chaucer used in the Merchant's Tale is controlled.

Keywords: Chaucer; Merchant's Tale; poem; irony

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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