The Romaunt of the Rose  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Romaunt of the Rose is a partial translation into Middle English of the French allegory, the Roman de la Rose. In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Legend of Good Women he confirms that he has translated at least part of the poem but the extant work is of dubious authenticity. Of the three existing fragments, the first uses Chaucer's language and style and is often accepted as his early work. The second seems to be written in northern English and is rejected and the third part is closer to Chaucer's style but is also usually rejected.

The story begins with an allegorical dream, in which the narrator receives advice from the god of love on gaining his lady's favour, her love being symbolized by a rose. The second part is a satire on the mores of the time, with respect to courting.

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