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

  • (8/11/2018 6:44:00 AM)


    all the worlds to a stage all men and women are only players.they have their entrances and exits.finally they die and leave this world. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/1/2018 8:01:00 PM)


    Outstanding poem because of this pome I came first in my school recitation activity (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2018 7:50:00 PM)


    Execllent poem Willam (Report) Reply

  • (7/23/2018 6:05:00 PM)


    If not to live
    then to die
    but to die
    is to live within
    within the greater realm of immortal planes
    to be not a part but a whole
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/18/2018 7:31:00 PM)


    The summary is good 😂😀 (Report) Reply

  • (7/15/2018 5:16:00 AM)


    Big goat, lives on a massive moat (Report) Reply

  • (7/15/2018 5:15:00 AM)


    Big boi, I cycle with Chris Hoy (Report) Reply

  • (7/15/2018 5:13:00 AM)


    Big litty, I'm so fitty (Report) Reply

  • (7/15/2018 5:12:00 AM)


    Big yeet, u smell like feet (Report) Reply

  • (7/5/2018 3:54:00 PM)


    wonderful poem (Report) Reply

  • (7/3/2018 11:38:00 PM)


    Shakespeare nailed it. I am living it! And it has been a satisfactory journey, truly. (Report) Reply

  • (6/28/2018 11:08:00 PM)


    Greatly said -in second childishness and mere oblivion (Report) Reply

  • (6/28/2018 11:05:00 PM)


    Shakespeare helps to identify the life as a stage (Report) Reply

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  • (6/20/2018 4:42:00 AM)


    Cool😊😊😊 (Report) Reply

  • (6/17/2018 11:43:00 AM)

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    yo mamas so fat that whenever she turns around, its her birthday! ! ! Already Reported Reply

  • (6/17/2018 12:18:00 AM)


    i loveeeeee theee poems of shakeshpear (Report) Reply

  • Marguerite C. Anderson (6/13/2018 2:48:00 AM)


    Shakespeare's poetic messages have always haunted me with its truths and its though-provoking images of humanity. (Report) Reply

  • (6/11/2018 7:22:00 AM)


    A novel in 28 lines. (Report) Reply

  • (6/3/2018 9:27:00 PM)


    Ok I got to pay it more attention (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003



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