An Elizabethan poet, Edmund Spenser, died in 1599 and was buried near Geoffrey Chaucer, sparking the idea for a "Poets' Corner."
Geoffrey Chaucer, writer of "The Canterbury Tales," died in 1400 and was the first poet to be buried in what became Poets' Corner.
He was buried in the Abbey because he was Clerk of Works to the palace of Westminster, not because of "The Canterbury Tales."
Photo: An illustrated 14th century manuscript of "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer
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