What I like about the Faerie Queene is how difficult it is to understand the text. One could read scenes multiple times and learn something new with each reading. For example, the first time I read about the Garden of Adonis, I thought of spring and all the new life that comes with it. After reading Spenser’s description of the garden a second time, I thought it represented a womb. However, after many readings, I have concluded that Spenser uses the garden as an allegory to the process of creation.
Spenser uses the imagery of weeds and flowers growing and blossoming all over the places to make the reader think of creation. He says that in the garden it seems that spring is always happening, meaning that created continue to create. Looking at the shape of the garden makes me think of a womb. It has two walls with a double gate. These two walls makes are like a shoot which a baby comes out of. One of the walls has a double gate which men go in and out of. Without being too graphic, one can think of this as the motion of sex; a man going in and out. Also, when a baby is born it comes out of two gates. One is the cervix, and the other is the exterior opening of a woman.
Furthermore, Spenser says that in this garden, a gardener does not need to help his seed grow, just like a man does not need to tend to his seed after it is in the womb. Time is said both constructive and destructive. Not only will a baby grown in time, but also a woman’s body will wear down. This is what naturally happens in the creation process. To continue with the natural creation, Spenser writes about weeds and grass that copulate with one another. This poses the image of cell division, not in the sense that grass splits in half to create another grass, but in the sense of mass procreation of small objects. These tiny objects are like the cells that rapidly grow in number during cell division to create an organisim.
As I keep reading Spenser’s Faerie Queene, I probably will come up with other ideas about this scene, but for now it is an allegory to the creation.