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

  • R Soos (11/19/2016 9:07:00 AM)

    our greatest mentor
    lines like this taught me what true poetry was when I was a whining schoolboy, and I am so glad I had a teacher willing to spend time with us exploring how and why we should read Shakespeare:

    the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
    and shining morning face, creeping like snail
    unwillingly to school

    Honesty, above all, is important in poetry - and Shakespeare has that in abundance. Most fascinating, if given this line in a room of 10,000 people I'm sure only one would recognize it as Shakespeare. One other would guess Billy Collins, another Langston Hughes, and 2 or 3 might say Allen Ginsberg. In the United States, the other 9,994 people simply do not read poetry: (

    Timeless and universal =: -)
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  • Indira Renganathan (11/13/2016 8:28:00 AM)

    Wonderful thinking....simply superb in simply simple language....like a lot- 10+++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Loomes (11/6/2016 2:33:00 AM)

    The Super Brow
    How great that William Shakespeare followed the Lord's Chamberlains Men to London and left this canon of genius, and in this poem, he accurately describes our journey through this so brief life. (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2016 8:26:00 AM)

    I reflect on this great poem of Shakespeare. Every mans body is poor, guaranteed to expire around age 85, both the king and the pauper. The rich may fill his pocket will millions. (Report) Reply

  • (10/10/2016 7:00:00 PM)

    I fell in love with this poem when I was given the chance to resite it in presentation at school (Report) Reply

  • (10/7/2016 9:23:00 AM)

    Superb (Report) Reply

  • (9/23/2016 12:12:00 PM)

    The World's A Stage by William Skakespeare
    Eternal greatness. Written by a genius. Always a joy to read. (Report) Reply

  • Neal Beightol (9/22/2016 12:17:00 PM)

    We play our parts, the lights dim, the curtain falls, the crew laugh and tumble out the exits in animated conversation, The stage manager turns off the lights and locks the door behind him. And I stand there at the end of it all, in the dark, was it worth it? Was there any real applause? Was there any real meaning in my role?

    And in the darkness I am startled to feel a hand upon my arm, the voice of the Director speaking quietly in my ear..

    *Well done, my good and faithful actor, you nailed it.*

    *Are you coming to the party? *
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  • (9/18/2016 11:02:00 AM)

    Classic William stands the test of time.. (Report) Reply

  • Franchesca Mia Tortoza (9/7/2016 4:01:00 AM)

    In my book, they list this with the title of 'Seven Ages Of Man'... (Report) Reply

  • (9/4/2016 9:13:00 AM)

    ❤❤❤ (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (9/2/2016 4:14:00 PM)

    Unique take on life......Brilliantly written! (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Maleki (8/28/2016 2:55:00 AM)

    Vicissitudes of life has been portrayed in such a cyclical repetitious way. Traits of first stage like oblivion and trembling of body or inability of controlling reproductive organs or lack of teeth or fainting eyes will transferred to age of doddering unscathed and intact.
    What a wonderful world that appropriate the very wealth of human being that once it offered to him|her freely.
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  • (7/9/2016 10:06:00 AM)

    The great poet tells the truth in this beautiful poem about the human life which is so beautiful in all respects. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/4/2016 9:56:00 PM)

    A wonderful poem in plain English. (Report) Reply

  • (7/1/2016 1:32:00 AM)

    its just wow lovely..... (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Alrazak (6/30/2016 2:32:00 AM)

    very good, words of poems with philosophy (Report) Reply

  • Dr. Yogesh Sharma (6/8/2016 1:53:00 AM)

    This is the reality of life. We are nothing but a artists in this world theatre. (Report) Reply

  • (5/7/2016 7:31:00 AM)

    Every line is a goldmine. It's matchless. (Report) Reply

  • (5/4/2016 8:06:00 PM)

    Awesome (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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