Roman de la Rose
The Roman de la Rose
is a late medieval French work of fiction
dream form. It was written in two stages: the first, by Guillaume de Lorris circa 1230, describes the attempts of a courtier to woo his beloved. This part of the story is set in a walled garden (a locus amoenus
, one of the traditional topos
of epic and chivalric literature), the interior of which represents romance, the exterior everyday life. The rose of the title represents the lady's love. The work was completed by Jean de Meun circa 1275, with a more philosophical discussion of love.
Part of the story was translated into Middle English as The Romaunt of the Rose, which had a great influence on English literature.