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Left alone on stage, Sir Oliver Martext is thoroughly bewildered after everything that just happened, but despite being mocked and treated poorly, he declares his conviction to keep being a vicar.

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Touchstone sings a popular ballad at the time. Including this would appeal to audiences (think Baz Luhrmann including Jay Z in The Great Gatsby).
http://youtu.be/ZW0vOUfDuY0?t=4m50s

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If they don’t get married, they’ll be living sinfully since they intend to have sex.

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Touchstone explicitly relates to the audience that he doesn’t intend to stay with Audrey. He wouldn’t mind being married improperly, because then he would have an excuse to leave her.

Contrast this outlook on marriage with Orlando’s exaggerated, pastoral love for Rosalind. Which is more realistic?

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Jaques compares their marriage to improperly installed wooden panels that would warp (and not remain together).

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The ox’s “bow” refers to its yoke, the horse’s “curb” refers to its bridle and the falcon’s “bells” refers to things attached to its legs so it could be identified. All of these things confine animals and control them, and so the human equivalent would be desires.

“As pigeons "bill” refers to how pigeons will rub beaks together.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrFnPkKFtyM

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A. Faulkener
April 20th, 2014

You are correct in that the bells help to control the falcon but not as identity tags. During a flight or after the bells are used to relocate and retrieve the falcon. They are the give away to its position.

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Touchstone belittles the marriage, calling a “toy” (unimportant thing), then telling Jaques not to remove his hat (a sign of respect). But Jaques probably wouldn’t remove his hat for a fool, so Touchstone would then be mocking his superiority.

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Jaques related this meeting to Duke Senior in Act 2 Scene 7:

A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the forest
A motley fool; a miserable world!
As I do live by food, I met a fool
Who laid him down and bask’d him in the sun
And rail’d on Lady Fortune in good terms
In good set terms and yet a motley fool
‘Good morrow, fool,’ quoth I. ‘No, sir,’ quoth he
‘Call me not fool till heaven hath sent me fortune:'
And then he drew a dial from his poke
And, looking on it with lack-lustre eye
Says very wisely, 'It is ten o'clock:
Thus we may see,’ quoth he, ‘how the world wags:
'Tis but an hour ago since it was nine
And after one hour more 'twill be eleven;
And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe
And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot;
And thereby hangs a tale.’ When I did hear
The motley fool thus moral on the time
My lungs began to crow like chanticleer
That fools should be so deep-contemplative
And I did laugh sans intermission
An hour by his dial. O noble fool!
A worthy fool! Motley’s the only wear

“God'ild you” means “God reward you.”

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With this extremely pessimistic view of marriage, readers might be wondering why Touchstone wants to marry Audrey in the first place. In this passage he explains that he still thinks it’s better to be married even as a cuckold than to remain a bachelor.

Touchstone compares being a cuckold to being a town with a wall while being a bachelor is like being in a village, then compares being a cuckold to being able to defend yourself (with the horns) as opposed to lacking that ability and being single.

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The idea is that it isn’t just the unfortunate men who are cuckolds. Touchstone believes that infidelity is a universal reality, capturing poor men, noble men (to take ‘noblest deer’ in a metaphorical sense) and even literal deer in nature.

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"Http://images.rapgenius.com/864c3e4abfa183d313e84f776323b..." (Stephen Pringle – When Sport and Literature Collide) | pending

I’m going to have to read this novel now.

"OPHELIA" (William Shakespeare – Hamlet Act 4 Scene 5) | pending

Yo, this is incredible.

"Til the PANS" (A. B. Schmidt – A Simpler Lesson in Prosody -- Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz") | accepted

I love the idea of an anapest creating suspense! But I scanned this line “we ROMPED unTIL the PANS"— are you sure ‘romped’ would be two syllables?

"Yet many a man is making friends with death" (Edna St. Vincent Millay – Love is not all (Sonnet XXX)) | pending

I made this annotation a while ago, and revisiting it, I think you’re right. Especially since that would split it into an octave and sestet.

"God, these bloody English! Bursting with money and indige..." (James Joyce – Ulysses (Chap. 1 - Telemachus)) | pending

Didn’t he study at UCD?

"I should be glad of another death." (T.S. Eliot – Journey of the Magi) | pending

That’s a good point. I think he probably meant the first interpretation, but you can’t help but wonder since he strongly associates religious Death with actual death:

… This Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.

"She is a fen / Of stagnant waters" (Percy Bysshe Shelley – To Wordsworth) | accepted

You’re right— thanks for the heads up!

This should be under Poetry Genius instead of Rap Genius…

"“Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?”" (Rap Genius Engineering Team – Rap Genius is Hiring: Help Us Annotate the World) | accepted

I always feel like there is something off about Gettier’s argument, but I can’t put my finger on it.