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What does ''Where I used to play on the green'' mean in ''The Garden of Love ''?

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Without claiming familiarity with this work, let me say that a "green" is a public open area in a village, like a park, but usually just an open space (originally it was a public grazing area for individual owners of a few pieces of livestock) where young children can gambol, fly kites, etc.  The sense of it in literature is a bucolic remembrance of childhood, a Romantic ideal of returning to innocent times.  The character who utters these words is returning in his/her mind to those happier, simpler times; when an author elicits this response, he/she is drawing a contrast between childhood naivete and adult experience.