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If Chaucer were alive today and spent most of his time battle rapping, this book would be the result Alive with energy and spunk, these skilled and highly irreverent rhymes are of sufficient quality to do justice to the originals HOWEVER, somehow the saucy elements of these tales seem EXTRA SAUCY Perhaps without the mists of Middle English obscuring this reader s view, all elements seem stronger, or perhaps the author chose to turn up the volume on the ribaldry Either way, gentle readers sho If Chaucer were alive today and spent most of his time battle rapping, this book would be the result Alive with energy and spunk, these skilled and highly irreverent rhymes are of sufficient quality to do justice to the originals HOWEVER, somehow the saucy elements of these tales seem EXTRA SAUCY Perhaps without the mists of Middle English obscuring this reader s view, all elements seem stronger, or perhaps the author chose to turn up the volume on the ribaldry Either way, gentle readers should be warned There s some strong stuff here Modern poetry at its best. These poems are gorgeous, inventive, irreverent, and joyous I loved them I d previously read and taught with individual poems, but they re a special treat as a collection I m not sure why so many reviews seem to characterize them as rap the genres of poetry represented are diverse, though there is a lot of slam poetry, and the Prioress Tale is a breathtaking rap Here, the General Prologue is replaced by a creative, thought provoking set of author bios as an appendix of sorts Harry Baile These poems are gorgeous, inventive, irreverent, and joyous I loved them I d previously read and taught with individual poems, but they re a special treat as a collection I m not sure why so many reviews seem to characterize them as rap the genres of poetry represented are diverse, though there is a lot of slam poetry, and the Prioress Tale is a breathtaking rap Here, the General Prologue is replaced by a creative, thought provoking set of author bios as an appendix of sorts Harry Bailey and April get to open and close the collection Whatever your previous acquaintance with Chaucer, this is worth a read Favourite poem What Do Women Like Bes An absolute riot to read, but also such an introspective view on Chaucer s work As one guy in my class said, She s extremely meta Agbabi really claims the Canterbury Tales for herself here and puts a modern twist on the centuries old collection of tales There is just so much to discover while reading Agbabi s poems, I highly recommend this to any students that have read The Canterbury Tales or are currently reading The Canterbury Tales like I am.My favorite part about this whole book Ther An absolute riot to read, but also such an introspective view on Chaucer s work As one guy in my class said, She s extremely meta Agbabi really claims the Canterbury Tales for herself here and puts a modern twist on the centuries old collection of tales There is just so much to discover while reading Agbabi s poems, I highly recommend this to any students that have read The Canterbury Tales or are currently reading The Canterbury Tales like I am.My favorite part about this whole book There mini bios on each and every single character in the back of the book If you miss the multipage description of the pilgrims from the original General Prologue, flip to the back and thank me later After you ve read those mini bios, do yourself another favor, go to Youtube and search up Patience Agbabi reciting the Prologue spoiler alert she is amazing COMMENT I love poetry I hate poetry I love poetry Poetry is boring I love poetry There is not a single poet left alive I love poetry.What is the deal with me and poetry anyway It has to be said, contemporary poetry has been disappointing for the past fifty years Whether French or English, it has mostly been a rehash of emotional clich s served in inferior form Most writers wannabes take on poetry because it feels easy One can simply say whatever comes to mind as it comes Throw in a c COMMENT I love poetry I hate poetry I love poetry Poetry is boring I love poetry There is not a single poet left alive I love poetry.What is the deal with me and poetry anyway It has to be said, contemporary poetry has been disappointing for the past fifty years Whether French or English, it has mostly been a rehash of emotional clich s served in inferior form Most writers wannabes take on poetry because it feels easy One can simply say whatever comes to mind as it comes Throw in a couple of black suns, a few burning wings, the odd singing brook and silvery lake and you got yourself a poem.This is how, in every country, poetry is a vast heap of fertilizer on top of which grows the rarest flower It takes years to find a voice, a style, and to polish them into an original and meaningful form Art might, in Patience Agbabi s words, create beauty out of pain, but it does so through form Under the absolute, unforgiving dictatorship of form If you are not ready to submit to it, do not attempt poetry.95% of poetry is rubbish And for this reason, 95% of slam and rap is rubbish I say I don t like rap This is not true I hate 95% of rap Rap is the most demanding popular genre It has nothing to cling on to but the text If the text isn t perfect, rap is shit I like punk because 70% of punk music is good When punk isn t perfect it is still good Punk s raw energy doesn t need perfection It doesn t live well with perfection Punk is not artistic Punk is vital Rap is art It aspires to perfection and can only be appreciated in its effort to reach it And rap, whether you like it or not, is poetry.It is not the only form of contemporary poetry I still read Mary Ann Duffy and John Burnside But, for those like me looking for modern forms of poetry they can relate to, slam is definitely the genre to explore I read Kate Tempest for the first time 5 years ago Hold Your Own was full of promises but she was young for an old fox like me Then came Patience Agbabi.Were Telling Tales just a modern take on the Canterbury Tales, it would not stand a chance to please my French ears Chaucer means little to me, as, I am sure, Francois Villon means little to English ears poetry doesn t translate well, clich but true I discovered Agbabi s poetry through Refugee Tales She has extensive vocabulary, flawless rhythm and an angry, fearless heart She also has, no pun intended, the patience to work these ingredients into small art pieces As an artist, she writes little She does not write if she does not have a vision Vision does not come to the poet like a dove from Heavens Vision comes to the poet after hours, sometimes days, of meditating on a text what is it that I am trying to say How do I want to say it Each of Agbabi s poems is supported by a vision They have internal consistency.She is also an avid explorer She does not content herself with the same patterns, the same rhythms What makes Telling Tales superior to Hold Your Own is the variety Agbabi finds throughout her collection Using heteronyms, she forges different styles to suit each of them Some are a challenge to read e.g 100 char Some feel uncomfortable, their very short verses turning reading into a physical exercise All of them demand attention from the reader and bring their reward.As for the themes in Telling Tales as in Refugee Tales, Agbabi talks about the violence of poverty Her texts paint treason rather than love She is cruel to men and women alike, she makes no excuse for the pettiness of the human race, she depicts a merciless world Her universe is an ugly, painful one It is a measure of her talent that we watch her turn it, verse after verse, into beauty Read for an English class, I liked the idea of a contemporary retelling of the Canterbury tales, which I am sort of familiar with but haven t read, but as it turned out the parts from Agbabis retelling I enjoyed were really just he original gags from Chaucers tales and so nothing new Maybe if she had allowed herselfchanges to the original it could have been fun but I was mostly bored, which is the worst thing you can be when reading. *READ EBOOK ⇫ Telling Tales ⇔ A brilliant reeinterpretation of The Canterbury Tales for the st century Tabard Inn to Canterb ry Cathedral,Poet pilgrims competing for free picks,Chaucer Tales, track by track, it s the remixFrom below the belt base to the topnotch I won t stop all the clocks with a stopwatchwhen the tales overrun, run offensive,or run clean out of steam, they re authenticand we re keeping it real, reminisce this Chaucer Tales were an unfinished business Award winning poet Patience Agbabi presents an inspired remix of Chaucer s Canterbury Tales retelling all of the stories, from the Miller s Tale to the Wife of Bath s in her own critically acclaimed poetic style Celebrating Chaucer s Middle English masterwork for its performance element as well as its poetry and pilgrims, Agbabi s collection is utterly unique Boisterous, funky, foul mouthed, sublimely lyrical, and bursting at the seams, Telling Tales takes one of our most significant works of literature and gives it thrilling new life The Good News About Marriage track by track Ms. Sue Has No Clue! (My Weirder School, it s the remixFrom below the belt base to the topnotch I won t stop all the clocks with a stopwatchwhen the tales overrun 暁のヨナ 18 [Akatsuki no Yona 18] (Yona of the Dawn, run offensive,or run clean out of steam Red Russia they re authenticand we re keeping it real Bake, Mice, Bake! reminisce this Chaucer Tales were an unfinished business Award winning poet Patience Agbabi presents an inspired remix of Chaucer s Canterbury Tales retelling all of the stories Bake, Mice, Bake! from the Miller s Tale to the Wife of Bath s in her own critically acclaimed poetic style Celebrating Chaucer s Middle English masterwork for its performance element as well as its poetry and pilgrims Domenics War Agbabi s collection is utterly unique Boisterous How Not to Babysit Your Brother funky Doug Unplugged foul mouthed The Bride & Groom Thank-You Guide sublimely lyrical The Soup Sisters Cookbook and bursting at the seams Christmas Is Here, Corduroy! Telling Tales takes one of our most significant works of literature and gives it thrilling new life I tried to find some favourites but there are too many What do Women like Bes and Tit for Tat and The Kiss of course, such a joyous laugh, but Joined up Writing made me cry Glad I met them as a collection because it really brings out the riotous language and feelings Have to give it back to the library now Agbabi is a great poet and I really like her poems However that wasn t the case for quite a few poems in this volume Maybe if I knew the original Canterbury Tales better, some of these poems would makesense to me.