Anonymous: The Floure and the Leaf (2027 words)

Darragh Greene (University College Dublin)
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The Floure and the Leafe is a fifteenth-century, anonymously-authored, allegorical poem in the French courtly-love debate tradition that goes back to Le Roman de la Rose. The poem’s language, which locates it in the general London area, has been used to date the text to c. 1460-80 (Pearsall, 1962, 19-20; Pearsall, 1990). Written in rhyme royal stanzas, the 595-line text is notable for its female narrator – rare in Middle English poetry – and that it was for almost three centuries thought to have been authored by Geoffrey Chaucer. The poem presents a literary twist on a French courtly game, whereby in Maytime knights and ladies would follow the order of the Flower if seeking out new love or …

Citation: Greene, Darragh. "The Floure and the Leaf". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 May 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39350, accessed 28 September 2021.]

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