Middle English Haiku

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My summer at Yale is over, and I’m back at work in Memphis, but Yaleblog! isn’t over–not yet.  I have one or two more posts before this blog reverts to being about my life and work in the dirty south.

First, I’d like to share with you some of my final project.  I wrote 10 haiku in middle English (sort of), and asked my classmates to figure out which of the merry pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales would have said each.  Here they are:

Team Name: __________________________________
Instructions: Match the following haiku with the pilgrims who might have written them.  Use the choices at the bottom, but keep in mind that not all choices will be used.
1.     1.
I have noght seen such
a band of churls since I smote
the heathen in Turkye.
The pudding is done.
Eat it or don’t.; is no fors.
My mormel’s itching.
I beg your pardon
In advance for the nasty
Words ye soon wol hear.
4.    4/.
       Do drop in!  I keep
In my house a ready feast.
It snows mete and drink.
Merry compaignye!  Let’s
Have some sport!  Cheer up! And now,
A tale telle!
I look dapper in
My St. Christopher medal
And peacock arrows.
7.     7.
Oh dear!  Mon dieu! I
Wol positively swoon if
Ye kill that dear mouse!
8.     8.
Pardee!  I’ve no time
For books, matins, alms or prayer.
Off to hunt the hare!
You woot my sturdy
Head might smash down your door, but
You can’t beat my tale!
Ye seye that I am
Foul and old.  Thene drede you noght
To been a cokewold.
The Miller
The Yeoman
The Prioress
The Knight
The Clerk
The Cook
The Squire
The Franklin
The Monk
The Wife of Bath
The Host

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