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Orlando’s Poems Symbol Analysis

Orlando’s Poems Symbol Icon
Orlando expresses his love for Rosalind in the form of poems placed all about the forest. They allow him to speak his emotions without addressing Rosalind in person. The ubiquity of their placement around the forest and the sentimentality of their language attest to how great Orlando’s feelings are; their poor quality indicates how much he needs the romantic education he ultimately receives from Rosalind in the guise of Ganymede.

Orlando’s Poems Quotes in As You Like It

The As You Like It quotes below all refer to the symbol of Orlando’s Poems. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of As You Like It published in 2009.
Act 3, Scene 2 Quotes

Run, run, Orlando, carve on every tree the fair, the chaste, and unexpressive she.

Related Characters: Orlando (speaker), Rosalind
Related Symbols: Orlando’s Poems
Page Number: 3.2.9-10
Explanation and Analysis:
In a moment alone, Orlando soliloquizes about his love for Rosalind. He reads a poem that he has written comparing her to the Queen Of The Night, Diana, and shares his plan to post all of his love poems on the trees of the Forest of Arden. As predicted, love has turned him into the fool. He is mad with it. His poem is extremely romantic, calling the trees his "books" where he can share his undying love for Rosalind with the entire forest. His desire to post his love poems on every tree indicates the vast expanse and extent of Orlando's love for Rosalind, also shows that he feels that especially foolish desire, often associated with lovers, to make his feelings as public as possible.
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O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful, and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all hooping!

Related Characters: Celia (speaker)
Related Symbols: Orlando’s Poems
Page Number: 3.2.195-197
Explanation and Analysis:

Dressed as Ganymede and a poor woman, Rosalind and Celia read the poems Orlando has posted onto the trees in the forest. The poems are extremely cliche and overly romantic, yet Rosalind doesn't seem to notice.

Celia then tells her that she knows who wrote the poems. She teases Rosalind by giving her hints, telling her that it is the wrestler Rosalind gave the chain to on their last night in court. She describes him as "wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful" and then tells Rosalind that the man who loves her is Orlando. Here, Celia once again pokes fun at Rosalind's passionate affection for Orlando. In this line she mimics the over-the-top nature of Orlando's poems. She also jests at Rosalind's ability to be blinded by love so much that she doesn't realize how corny the poems truly are. 

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Orlando’s Poems Symbol Timeline in As You Like It

The timeline below shows where the symbol Orlando’s Poems appears in As You Like It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 3, Scene 2
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Fools and Foolishness Theme Icon
...the moon as a pale sphere in the sky, and includes a resolve to post poems about Rosalind on every tree in the forest. Having finished reading the poem in his... (full context)
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Rosalind, dressed as Ganymede, enters, reading one of Orlando’s poems that she has pulled from a tree and is holding in her hands. Touchstone, hearing... (full context)
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Celia enters, reading another of Orlando’s tree poems, which describes Rosalind as the synthesis of all the best features of Helen, Cleopatra, Atalanta,... (full context)
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Rosalind mentions the poems on the trees and expresses her desire to meet and advise the love-swept poet who’s... (full context)