Chaucer as Teaching Aid in the Colonies
Chaucer, childrenâ€™s education, education, child, children, juvenile, Prioressâ€™s Tale, tabula rasa, Ovidâ€™s Metamorphoses, Ovid, Chaucerian, Chaucerian source, classical education
The opinion piece,â€œCatallictics [mutatas dicere formas] An Introduction to New Speculations [In nova fert animus] takes it Latin from the first lines of Ovidâ€™s Metamorphoses (In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora; I tell now of bodies changed to new (other) forms [HH]). The quoted Chaucerian text is extracted from its context or narrative of the Prioressâ€™s Tale. Chaucer relied on Ovid, as did other medieval writers, but in this instance, Ovid, Chaucer, Catallus coalesce to showcase the sort of knowledge the well-educated new colonials imported from England.
Colonial literary journal and weekly miscellany of useful information, vol. 1. 32 1845, p. 75-6