Gardens, forests, and meadows provide the setting for much medieval literature and art. Medieval poets, who were frequently also translators, delighted in the profusion of plant names, and they incorporated lists of these into their poems. In his poem The House of Fame, Geoffrey Chaucer portrays the space of language creation as a tree-like structure of variegated twigs. He thereby linked the endless growth of vegetal matter with the ever changing forms taken by human speech.
The House of Fame, Chaucer, medieval poetry