Chaucer’s tales become rap songs

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This depresses me. Why does everything have to be made “relevant”? The excuse given here is that Chaucer’s language is difficult to understand. Yes, it is. Get over it. These children will go away saying they’ve “done Chaucer” – but they haven’t, no more than someone who’s seen “West Side Story” has done Shakespeare. Chaucer – in its original form – has been taught successfully to generations of children. Now, we have to dumb it down though.

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