Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Rap Canterbury Tales

The Rap Canterbury Tales started in 1999 as an experiment, an attempt to adapt Chaucer's stories into a rap style to make them accessible. It is designed to bring the Tales to a wider popular audience as well as assisting educators to communicate Chaucer's themes and narrratives easily to students. The translations stay as close as possible to the tone and thrust of the original Tales, while completely updating the language into a lively hiphop rhyme style. They are occasionally a bit raunchy, but I relinquish all due credit (and blame) to Chaucer, as he did to his "sources".

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