Every Meredith College student has to take English 111 and British Authors. No matter who teaches your British Authors course, you’ll be required to memorize the prologue to Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. I'm terrible at memorizing lines word for word, but I can still recite the first eight or 10 lines, especially if I’m reciting with a fellow English major (we seem to be the only Meredith alumnae whose eyes start to sparkle at the mention of the Wife of Bath or Chanticleer).
A few years ago, Meredith College gathered up as many students and alumnae possible and attempted to break the Guinness Book World Record for the most people reciting the same lines at the same time (read more about that here).
The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta has included The Canterbury Tales in its 2009-2010 season, and it is being performed there through the end of January. To learn more, visit the Tavern’s web site.