Bonus: How the Architect in The Matrix knew Neo would be coming to talk to him. Shakespearean Swag: Our Favorite Literary Annotations on Rap Genius by Poetry Genius Editors

Is The Matrix literature? You decide, human.

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Commentary on the American Dream (and connections to Tennyson and Faulkner) in the final line of Gatsby. Shakespearean Swag: Our Favorite Literary Annotations on Rap Genius by Poetry Genius Editors

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Stephen Dedalus's navel-gazing in Ulysses. Shakespearean Swag: Our Favorite Literary Annotations on Rap Genius by Poetry Genius Editors

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Wilfred Owen's deployment of nasal consonant sounds in "Maundy Thursday." Shakespearean Swag: Our Favorite Literary Annotations on Rap Genius by Poetry Genius Editors

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Grimm's Law and historical linguistics. Shakespearean Swag: Our Favorite Literary Annotations on Rap Genius by Poetry Genius Editors

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Why Russell and Wittgenstein are the Jay Z and Kanye of philosophy. Shakespearean Swag: Our Favorite Literary Annotations on Rap Genius by Poetry Genius Editors

Consider…

From left to right: Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein

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What Beatrice really means when she asks Benedick if he'll "eat his word." Shakespearean Swag: Our Favorite Literary Annotations on Rap Genius by Poetry Genius Editors

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The progression of cocktails in John Cheever's "The Swimmer." Shakespearean Swag: Our Favorite Literary Annotations on Rap Genius by Poetry Genius Editors

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William Empson's masterful handling of the villanelle form. Shakespearean Swag: Our Favorite Literary Annotations on Rap Genius by Poetry Genius Editors

Annotated here. But who will explain his neckbeard?

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Lay down the woomera, No More Boomerang by Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)

The woomera is an Australian Aboriginal spear-throwing implement.

Woomera is also a city in South Australia. The Woomera Test Range is a missile testing site founded just after WW2. The connection strengthens the contrast between the two weapons, the woomera and the infinitely more destructive “atom-bomb” (final line).

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