Under the Greenwood Tree

By William Shakespeare 1564–1616 William Shakespeare
Vnder the greene wood tree,
      who loues to lye with mee,
      And turne his merrie Note,
      vnto the sweet Birds throte:
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
      Heere shall he see no enemie,
But Winter and rough Weather.

Who doth ambition shunne,
      and loues to liue i' th Sunne:
      Seeking the food he eates,
      and pleas'd with what he gets:
Come hither, come hither, come hither,
      Heere shall he see no enemie,
But Winter and rough Weather.

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Poet William Shakespeare 1564–1616

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Nature, Winter, Trees & Flowers, Landscapes & Pastorals, Weather

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While William Shakespeare's reputation is based primarily on his plays, he became famous first as a poet. With the partial exception of the Sonnets (1609), quarried since the early nineteenth century for autobiographical secrets allegedly encoded in them, the nondramatic writings have traditionally been pushed to the margins of the Shakespeare industry. Yet the study of his nondramatic poetry can illuminate Shakespeare's . . .

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Poems by William Shakespeare

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SUBJECT Nature, Winter, Trees & Flowers, Landscapes & Pastorals, Weather

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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