Structural Irony within the "Summoner's Tale."

Author / Editor
Birney, Earle.

Structural Irony within the "Summoner's Tale."

Anglia 78 (1960): 204-18.

Examines "ironic foreshadowings, ambiguities and reversals" in SumT, arguing that they give it "a subtle and satisfying unity." Focuses on overturned expectations, dramatic ironies, and poetic justice in the plot, in the friar's lecture to Thomas, and the squire's solution to the problem of the wheel.

Chaucer Subjects
Summoner and His Tale
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