William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

All The World's A Stage

Poem by William Shakespeare

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. 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 honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
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 slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward 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.


Comments about All The World's A Stage by William Shakespeare

  • Deborah Plaird (7/5/2020 7:09:00 AM)

    You are like night, calmed, constellated.
    Your silence is star-like, as distant, as true.
    I like you calm, as if you were absent:
    distant and saddened, as if you were dead.
    One word at that moment, a smile, is sufficient.
    And I thrill, then, I thrill: that it cannot be so...............worknet8(Report)Reply

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  • Deborah Plaird (7/5/2020 7:08:00 AM)

    I read that this poem has an anagram in it of the name Sarah Anna Lewis (also known as Stella) . She was an poet whose husband paid Poe $100 to write a review of her work. He did but he also told friends that Lewis was a fat, gaudily-dressed woman. I am still looking for the anagram- -maybe that is why this poem is titled An Enigma........worknet8(Report)Reply

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    One of my favourite poems. Always nice to read.(Report)Reply

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  • Bjpafa MeragenteBjpafa Meragente (6/29/2020 9:45:00 PM)

    All the world's a stage may have some sense,
    The ages of man are not women's, and both surpassed,
    For what shrunk shank,
    Only people as I, poor and isolated,
    Will fulfill the last verse as a predestined will.
    And Still...(Report)Reply

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  • Harshita Rai (6/25/2020 9:56:00 AM)

    Name the English poems of 5th class in Bal Bharat public school Unit 1(Report)Reply

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  • Richard AntwiRichard Antwi (6/24/2020 4:22:00 AM)

    And all the men and women merely players;
    They have their exits and their entrances,

    We will all come and go but the world still exists.(Report)Reply

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  • Richard AntwiRichard Antwi (6/20/2020 3:20:00 PM)

    This one of my favourite poems(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (6/4/2020 3:11:00 AM)

    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
    William Shakespeare: : : : : ////(Report)Reply

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  • Mfonobong ItuenMfonobong Ituen (5/28/2020 5:32:00 AM)

    Mind blowing and deep in thought.

    Greatness(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/6/2020 10:49:00 PM)

    this is one of the famous poems of Schakespeare. a great genius of his time. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (3/6/2020 4:11:00 PM)

    Great poem by a great poet. Pleasure to read again.(Report)Reply

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    Thanks(Report)Reply

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  • Lisa Samuels (12/5/2019 11:08:00 AM)

    One man in his time plays many parts. We are actors and actress in our on way. Which part are you going to play.
    Shakespeare has got it right. Imaging being a Shakespeare. or a Michaela Jackson, Supermom or super dad. just love who you are and fit into this world.(Report)Reply

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  • John AgandinJohn Agandin (12/3/2019 7:12:00 AM)

    " Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything" a true reflection of life!(Report)Reply

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  • Richard WeissmanRichard Weissman (10/15/2019 2:34:00 PM)

    The Seven Stages of Man is incredibly insightful. Like the vast majority of his work.(Report)Reply

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  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (10/9/2019 3:11:00 PM)

    One of the great pens of all time. I clearly remember reading his complete works in school. : -)(Report)Reply

    YoureName(10/10/2019 4:46:00 PM)

    DEFENITLY onw of the great PeNs of all time: -)

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003