The Romance of the Rose - Lines 475-644 Summary & Analysis

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Lines 475-644 Summary

The narrator returns to his description of the wall and longs to enter the garden as he hears birdsong coming from within it. He begins to search for a way into the garden and finds a small door. He knocks on the door and Ydelnesse opens the door. She explains that the garden belongs to Mirth, who built and designed it, and he is holding court within. The narrator enters to join them.

Lines 475-644 Analysis

The narrator's longing to enter the beautiful garden is reminiscent of the Biblical story of the Garden of Eden. What is within this garden seems to contain enough joy to make the whole world happy, and the narrator's longing to enter the garden reads like a yearning for Paradise Lost. It is significant that the walls of the garden are square, and this description is...

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