I haven't read The Romance of the Rose in a very long time, so the opinions voiced in the following poem are more a reflection of the literature I've read since that time than my own opinion. I'm sure it's a much better tale than many passing comments on it would have you believe; although most of it is digressions.
Encyclopedic enterprise, Twenty questions, truth or lies: Jean de Meung killed - over time - the song which charmed Lorris did rhyme.
Digressive, though impressive, it's distressive and oppressive.
The citadel is overrun, The rose is plucked, the war is won.