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

  • (2/10/2018 1:31:00 PM)


    POEM HUNTER SUPPORTS ROBERT MURRAY SMITH THE CHILD MOLESTER (Report) Reply

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  • (2/1/2018 1:47:00 AM)


    he has created new world to the people they thought were violated by his amazing creation this is a wonderful poem accordingly (Report) Reply

  • (1/28/2018 9:54:00 AM)


    We all play roles in this world. We all wear masks, pretending to be mature enough to live in the society. We all cannot avoid death. It's real classics! (Report) Reply

  • (1/26/2018 7:57:00 AM)


    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything This line never fails to capture my heart.... (Report) Reply

  • (1/19/2018 7:21:00 PM)


    all of us are just actors and actresses in this world called a stage. (Report) Reply

  • (1/15/2018 7:55:00 AM)


    Thank you so much for making this web page It helped me to find poem of Shakespeare And to do m (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2018 7:52:00 AM)


    what a touching piece of writing (Report) Reply

  • (1/10/2018 9:02:00 AM)


    I Love this poem (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2018 12:16:00 PM)


    Testing (Report) Reply

  • (1/6/2018 10:42:00 AM)


    I completely sexl organes (Report) Reply

  • (12/30/2017 7:24:00 AM)


    I love this poem to much. (Report) Reply

  • (12/9/2017 11:05:00 AM)


    Yeah, a.painful summary of life (Report) Reply

  • (12/8/2017 8:44:00 AM)


    This poem is in our english text book (Report) Reply

  • (12/3/2017 11:48:00 PM)


    I love it amazing😜 (Report) Reply

  • (11/27/2017 9:57:00 AM)


    I can't understand this. Could you make this simpler? Boy! I hate being an ignoramus. Jump on it, Son. Make it count! (Report) Reply

    (1/20/2018 12:04:00 AM)

    Just look at it line by line, and you'll understand it. Then you piece all the lines together, and try to form a mental picture. You should also remember Shakespeare is from the 16th century, so combine your knowledge of the time frame with the mental picture, think of yourself as in Shakespeare's shoes, think why you chose to write this

    (12/19/2017 6:26:00 PM)

    troll. Not funny.

    (12/5/2017 9:19:00 AM)

    Maybe you don't have a sufficient grasp of the English language, in order to understand the emergence of today's English from the 'Middle' English of Chaucer's day. Just stop and consider each paragraph in the context of growing up, maturing and growing old.

    (11/27/2017 10:01:00 AM)

    I'll jump on you, Mr. ignoramus. I just hate it when people aren't nice to Mr. Shakespeare.

  • (11/20/2017 7:02:00 AM)


    very great poem and also tells us about diffrent phrase of life (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2017 9:05:00 PM)


    Gatiya Jo pucha jai Vo nhi Bata ta (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2017 6:16:00 AM)


    Absolutely amazing (Report) Reply

  • Victoria Udnæs (11/13/2017 5:18:00 PM)


    I love this poem! William Shakespeare is one of my all-time favorites! (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/5/2017 6:50:00 AM)


    Beautiful descriptions on different stages of life's journey has been made nicely and hauntingly. Lovely poem with nice theme. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003



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