savvy professor

An interesting fact: in classical literature - mostly referring to Western literature -, the “flower” of a woman stands for her virginity. Since the Renaissance and Humanist poetry was born, the “rose” or just in general the flower was a way of saying and a symbol for virginity: not to say explicitly “they had sex”, a poet would say “he plucked her flower” or “she offered him her rose.”

Source: my high school very savvy literature professor and every single Petrarca/Dante/Boccaccio poem I’ve ever read.