What is a summary of the poem/song "Under the Greenwood Tree" by Shakespeare in five to six sentences?
In the first section, Amiens, a courtier, sings:
Under the greenwood treeWho loves to lie with meAnd turn his merry noteUnto the sweet bird’s throat,Come hither, come hither, come hither.Here shall he seeNo enemyBut winter and rough weather.
This bit of pastoral song celebrates (or mocks) the (supposed) happiness of living in nature under the greenwood tree, listening to cheery song of a bird. In this verse, Amiens calls the people who share his sentiments to join him: "come hither." The key word in this part of the song is "lie," which in typical Shakespearean punning fashion can be interpreted two ways. It means either "lie" as in "lie down with me under the greenwood tree," or it means lie, as in "join me in this falsehood about how cheery it is under the greenwood tree."
In the second part, people do join him in singing:
Who doth ambition shunAnd loves to live i' th' sun,Seeking...
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