As you like it quotes - (A2 Closed book exam)

As the exam for A2 is closed book exam it is important to learn the quotes (it terms of pastoral too)

Some of the quotes have been annotated to how they could be linked to themes in the exam

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"This life is most jolly" ­ harmonious atmosphere
"Here we see no enemy, but winter and rough weather" ­ Poetic structure, rhyme scene ABAB,
however the weather is subverting of the pastoral
"Joy is to see my lambs suck" ­ man and nature
"Sit down eat welcome to our table" ­ self sufficient and harmonious
"He who doth ravens feed caters for sparrows"
"Fleet their time carelessly" ­ leisure
"Come to my cottage and woo me everyday"
"Are these woods not more free from peril then the envious court" ­ happiness within Arden
"To join in Hymen's hands" ­ biblical reference, Hymen is a God
"There no clock in the forest" ­ Act 3, scene 3 (free from constrictions) underminded when
Rosalind is mad at Orlando for being late
"Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?" (Phebe, At 3 scene 6) shows simplicity and love
which are both common pastoral conventions
"Men are April when they woo, December when they are wed" ­ pathetic fallacy ­ showing the
change in men from trying to marry to actually been married.
"Now we go in content, to liberty and not to banishment" ­ free from the harshness of the
"All the worlds a stage, and all the men and women merely players" ­ seven ages of man
"The worst fault you can have is to fall in love" ­ it undermines the convention of pastoral is
love and that the country is idyllic. Place of negativity, juxtaposing paradise that the name implies.
"Let the forest judge" ­ powerful and stronger then the people and the court. / Or undermined by
the fact `judge' connotes law so it can be associated with the court. (Act 3)
"Break his neck and his finger" (act 1) the court is much more violent (country vs. town)
"He will put on us as pigeons feed their young" (Act 1) Celia ­ pastoral imagery, and the court
can be in touch with nature.
"The wounds invisible that loves keen arrows make" (Act 3 scene 6, Silvius) ­ Post pastoral,
while the idea of love is a pastoral convention, it is implied of being negative by the use of the word
"from hour to hour, we rot and rot" ­ (act 2 scene 7) time, subverting against the pastoral
new life ­ moving from the court to Arden / birth of characters, such as Ganymede / Duke Fredrick
converted into a good character, which conforms towards the pastoral convention ending in
"The spirit of my father grows strong in me"- idolises his father, mythical figure, perhaps also
referring to god as in god the father, Orlando becomes a Jesus like figure as he is betrayed by other
close to him and suffers at the hands of man.
"Gentle, strong and valiant" - Christian figure, David overcoming Goliath (Charles)
"Lioness"- a royal beast, but also biblical
"merry men" ­ idea of leisure
"Golden world" - a time of eternal spring and innocence without labour or laws, holiday joy,
idealised world, freedom.
"Better world than this" - Christian imagery of hope looks forward to the regenerated world of
the forest of Arden, parallels Garden of Eden.
"Find tongues in trees, books in brooks, sermons in stones and good in everything" ­ self
discovery, pastoral concept
"But I am shepherd to another man and do not shear the fleeces that I graze" ­ subverting
pastoral conventions against leisure, working for a living
"What passion hangs these weights upon my tongue" ­ love at first sight, however lack of
Ganymede- homoerotic connotations, through Rosalind's disguise Shakespeare can explore the
heterosexual and the homoerotic

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Touchstone, "Broke my sword upon a stone" - wrecking the pastoral mood, always reminding the
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