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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer 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.
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