Poem about the 7 stages of life

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poem about the 7 stages of life

The Seven Ages of Man by William Shakespeare

All the worlds a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurses arms.
Then, the whining schoolboy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannons mouth. And then the justice
In fair round belly, with good capon lind,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws, and modern instances,
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipperd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side,
His youthful hose well savd, a world too wide,
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again towards childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.


One of the first poem of Shakespeare I have ever read & definitely the best among others! The words can be easily read & understood & its not in the typical Shakespearean English.. I remember the time when we were reading it in our poetry class at English Department & I instantly fell in love with its meaning ^_^
Seriously.. Shakespeare couldnt have described the stages of a mans life in other words than these.. :)
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With Apologies to William Shakespeare All the world's a stage And all the Girls and Ladies merely players They come on stage perform - and then go off stage still performing. And each Woman in her time plays many many many parts!
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All the world's a stage

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This is where his formal education starts but he is not entirely happy with school. His mother is ambitious for him and has washed his face thoroughly before sending him off to school but he goes very slowly and reluctantly. He is sentimental, sighing and writing poems to girls, making himself a bit ridiculous. He works on developing his reputation and takes risks to that end. He enjoys the finer things of life, like good food.

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One of the most well-known poems of William Shakespeare, a great English poet and playwright, describing the circle of human life. Shakespeare ingeniously compares the periods of life to theater plays, where actors people play their roles until they go away from the stage forever. Then, the whining schoolboy with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything. It is a speech of a philosopher Jacques talking to Duke Senior. The author compares the world with a stage and every living person is described as an actor, who plays seven different plays on that stage. The descriptions of every stage are brief but very lively and colorful through precisely chosen figures of speech.

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English for Students. At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms. Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier. Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Eleanor V. says:

    All the world's a stage, / And all the men and women merely players; / They have their exits and The poem presents a somewhat nihilistic, hopeless view of life.

  2. Amedee L. says:

    Through the voice of Jacques, Shakespeare sends out a profound message about life and our role in it.

  3. Melissa H. says:

    "All the world's a stage" is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare's pastoral comedy As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII Line The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play and catalogues the seven stages of a man's life, Juvenal, the ancient Roman poet, wrote one of the earliest versions of this.

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