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

  • (5/17/2018 11:26:00 PM)

    greatly said-

    a world too wide
    For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
    Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
    And whistles in his sound.
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  • (5/9/2018 3:22:00 AM)

    Good and meaning full poem (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2018 3:49:00 AM)

    I have read this poem several times and still I likes to read it. The meaningful write up of the great poetic mind ever seen. (Report) Reply

  • (5/2/2018 11:08:00 AM)

    this poem was in my English jounal. (Report) Reply

  • (4/24/2018 11:38:00 AM)

    awesome a f thank you bill (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (4/17/2018 1:53:00 AM)

    A very famous poem which we studied in the literature class. . (Report) Reply

  • (4/12/2018 9:09:00 AM)

    i like trans and turts (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (4/11/2018 5:45:00 AM)

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

    Nicely written and well communicated.

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  • (4/10/2018 11:08:00 AM)

    i gai............................ (Report) Reply

  • (4/10/2018 9:40:00 AM)

    ii like poeem and thing to (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (4/7/2018 7:17:00 PM)

    This has to be Shakespeare's most famous poem and rightfully so. Intelligent, philosophical, acute observations in delicious poetic form by the master. (Report) Reply

  • Devanshu Patel (3/23/2018 9:44:00 PM)

    ....a great philosophy of life is poetically expressed in this poem.... (Report) Reply

  • Manukarose Mcgiven (3/22/2018 2:38:00 AM)

    this just like real life but in a poem made 300 years or more ago just amazing Major WOW funny how normally teenagers that a friends of mine don't like poem that a like the ones from this website. but i just get enough of them.I just love this poem so much because it is all about the people William Shakespeare was writing about then and to now it is still the same. nice to know a lot of you people out there like these poems because i know i do. (Report) Reply

  • (3/22/2018 2:23:00 AM)

    Major WOW for this amazing masterpiece i love the poems that have been done by William Shakespeare and all the other poets which and poems from like 200 years or more ago. because yes all the World is Really a Stage and what william shakespeare is showing is just so true because we do all go through life with different events that can be bad or good or just inbetween. any way it's nice to see that others think that this poem is just one of the greatest masterpieces. (Report) Reply

  • Besma Dziri (3/19/2018 4:48:00 AM)

    A huge wow for this masterpiece! (Report) Reply

  • (3/11/2018 9:12:00 AM)

    I am like her poems vry much (Report) Reply

    (4/3/2018 11:26:00 AM)

    ASHISH LORA totally wrong

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  • (3/5/2018 10:14:00 AM)

    sans eyes -BLUE GLOWING EYES- sans teeth -BIG GRIN- sans taste -TASTE HOTDOGS- sans everything -MEGALOVANIA- (Report) Reply

  • (3/5/2018 8:20:00 AM)

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  • Narayana Aghalaya (3/4/2018 10:21:00 PM)

    A humorous summary of the seven stages that a man goes through from birth till death -at the end he is again a child! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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