The Squire by Geoffrey Chaucer Summary: A young, lovely and lusty bachelor is accompanying his father as a pilgrim in the poem. Chaucer, who is regarded as the father of the English Poetry, doesn’t leave a chance to limn the character of the squire which contrasts from other candidates in the chivalry. Chaucer isn’t pretty sure about his age but as he guesses it, the squire seems to be about twenty years of age. He is indeed a bachelor with curly hair and of even length with great stature an’ strength.
He’s been to the chivalry in Artosi, Flaunders and Pycardie. Being totally different from his peers, he executes his duties very well without offering any mistakes or excuses. He’s man of words as he sings beautifully and can write and sketch too. If we talk about his dress, he wears embroidered and fancy clothes as if he were a meadow bright. He appears fresh as the month of the May (generally in Europe, summer is regarded as the month, full of flowers and a pleasant weather).
Short was his gown, with sleeves both long and wide.
Well could he sit on horse, and fairly ride.
He wears short gown with long and wide sleeves and ride fairly on a horse. For a squire, it seems quite odd that he makes songs and writes poems, whistles as he walks an’ sketch, “In order to win thereby’s his lady grace”. The poet has also described him as a nightingale as he sleeps just like the nightingale, which means he sleeps less. Courteous, humble and respectful he is as he serves “carf” before his father at the table.
The interesting fact lies that the squire in the poem is quite different from his compeers as even though he performs hi s duties and responsibilities well, he has time to groom himself well to impress his lady love. As it is believed that the squires, in pursuit to become knights, wear armors and clothes similar to the knights, Chaucer here, gives a distinct and lovely image to him as he wears embroidered clothes and has curly hairs. The Squire’s role in the General Prologue is probably to represent both youthfulness and femininity and in the process, we can get a comparison between him and his father who is a knight.