Monday, February 14, 2011

Chaucer may have invented Valentine's day

by J J Cohen

Or he may not have. Who knows? Who cares? What is clear, though, is that this saint's day in early spring (whether the Valentine, Roman martyr, of Feb. 14, or some other Valentine celebrated at a later date) signals the mating of the birds. So says his Parliament of Fowls, and that's good enough for me.

Therefore my students get Chaucer valentines with lollipops attached today.

1 comment:

Neil S. said...

this is wonderful!