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Thomas Pinkhurst

Thomas Pinkhurst

Chaucer’s narrator of The Canterbury Tales told his audience to “turn the leaf [page] and choose another tale” if offended by certain stories such as the raunchy Miller’s Tale. This was the first known use of a metafictive device in English literature, and it surprised fourteenth century readers to be addressed directly by a literary character. But no doubt it engaged them. Seven-hundred years later, The Hayfield’s poet begins with a try at another metafictive device, and it’s a drunk trespassing over the boundaries of his poem.

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