Chaucer and the theme of mutability

  title={Chaucer and the theme of mutability},
  author={Joseph J. Mogan},
In the Introduction to this study, the concept of mutability is clarified by contrasting the preand postProgress attitudes toward change; it is seen that in preProgress thought the concept involved that of mortality. Five predominant motifs of the mutability theme are distin­ guished: transitoriness (which includes the symbol and the uses of fortune), decay of the world (expressed in classical and mediaeval times chiefly in the Golden Age literature), ubi sunt, putrefaction, and contempt of the… CONTINUE READING


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