“The General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales” is a masterpiece of English literature written by Sir Geoffrey Chaucer an English poet in 14th century. This is the first written work which gave a rise to English language and set the interests of the the writers to write in English language who were uncertain about the existence of English language because at that time Latin language was prevailing in the books and most of the literature was written in Latin or French. It gave confidence to the English writers who started their carries as a writer in English language.
The most famous and the most characteristic of the whole body of Chaucer’s work is “The Canterbury Tales”. It is a collection of tales, supposed and related by the Pilgrims, who are on their way to the Shrine of Thomas-a-Becket, at Canterbury. “The Canterbury Tales” is a landmark in the History of English Poetry. This work enriched the English Language and the Metre to such an extent that it could, now, be conveniently used for any purpose by the later composers. By drawing various portraits in verse, Chaucer showed the way to the English Novelists. Chaucer, in fact, founded the art of “story-making” and “story-telling”, which proved to be a corner stone for the proper growth and development of the future English Novel. People estimate “The Canterbury Tales”, as “Chaucer’s greatest poetic achievement”. He, in fact, laid the foundation stone of grand palace, which is now the “Palace of English Literature”. He proved himself to be the forerunner of all the great writers England has ever produced.