The best garden poems
‘Come into the garden’, as the speaker of Tennyson’s ‘monodrama’, Maud, entreated that poem’s title character. That poem is included below, along with nine other classic garden poems from over six centuries of English (and American) literature. So, why not lift the latch and step through the garden gate with us and enjoy some of the greatest poems about gardens?
Geoffrey Chaucer, from The Romaunt of the Rose. The French allegorical poem Roman de la Rose was the work of two poets: Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun. This earlier section, dating from around 1230, was composed by Lorris and is set in a walled garden, a classic setting for courtly poetry and romantic literature of the Middle Ages. It is this section of the poem which is included above, in an English translation written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the late fourteenth century. Read the rest of this entry