This essay examines Chaucer's use of the Roman goddess Venus in “The Knight's Tale.” It looks at the astrological, mythological, and allegorical meanings that he gives to the figure of Venus in the poem. The essay also considers imaginative techniques, including ekphrasis and allegory, that Chaucer uses to express philosophical ideas within a chivalric romance. Ultimately, it argues that Chaucer uses Venus in “The Knight's Tale” to imaginatively unfold the Boethian idea that love governs the world.
"Philosophical Romance: Figures of Venus in “The Knight's Tale”,"
The Hilltop Review: Vol. 8
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/hilltopreview/vol8/iss2/3