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

  • (5/13/2019 1:01:00 PM)

    U R MUM MEGA GEI LELELELELLE (Report)Reply

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  • Gul Bakhti (5/10/2019 8:57:00 AM)

    This a realistic panorama of our real life Shakespeare has presented superbly. (Report)Reply

    Fantone Mdala(5/11/2019 4:17:00 AM)

    Most definitely. He sure presented it like a true poet

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  • (5/6/2019 12:04:00 PM)

    I really loved it, because I do think that the world is a stage. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/6/2019 12:03:00 PM)

    I really love it, because I do think that the world is a stage. (Report)Reply

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  • Vikas Sharma (4/30/2019 12:51:00 AM)

    A well-written poem by great poet.Regards (Report)Reply

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  • (2/24/2019 12:53:00 PM)

    Plz teach in kannada (Report)Reply

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  • (2/22/2019 11:27:00 PM)

    Very nice peoms (Report)Reply

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  • (2/22/2019 11:26:00 PM)

    Very meaningful poems (Report)Reply

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  • Iftekhar Ifti (2/16/2019 2:22:00 AM)

    First four lines of poem have said all about a man’s life. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/13/2019 5:08:00 AM)

    All the world's a stage,
    A bard that made blank verses not so blank but beautiful and natural.
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  • (2/5/2019 1:36:00 AM)

    Woo I’m a twirly woo (Report)Reply

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  • (1/29/2019 4:40:00 AM)

    I was in my junior year in highschool when I first read this timeless poem by the genius that I admire so much..

    All the worlds a stage an all of us are merely players...with extrance(our births) and exit (death) or could be the entrance and exit of every chapter of our lives...Every chapter has actors and actresses with roles that affects our lives...some inspire, some give pain, some give love and some just exist...
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  • (1/26/2019 2:17:00 PM)

    Read it aloud yourself; otherwise it sounds too mechanical- is not really fair to the poetic naturalism of it! (Report)Reply

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  • (1/15/2019 11:25:00 AM)

    gay
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  • Britte Ninad (1/10/2019 2:29:00 AM)

    world is the stage for the active actor (Report)Reply

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  • Sheikh Shadi Marjan (12/28/2018 5:47:00 AM)

    'All the world's a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players'

    excellent line
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  • (12/20/2018 2:53:00 PM)

    He Is Absolutely Perfect.He Inspires Me (Report)Reply

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  • (11/21/2018 6:50:00 AM)

    amazing creation by Shakespeare because of ali of us had and felt that was world stage (Report)Reply

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  • Prabir Gayen (11/20/2018 3:25:00 PM)

    Shakespeare is the most talented poet of all the ages.He is beyond time and measurement. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/18/2018 9:57:00 AM)

    This poem is art. Just like all of Shakespeare's poems! I can't stop reading them over and over (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003



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