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.


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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/6/2020 10:49:00 PM)

    this is one of the famous poems of Schakespeare. a great genius of his time. tony (Report)Reply

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  • Jez BurlJez Burl (3/6/2020 4:49:00 PM)

    My first encounter with this poem was during my junior year in highschool.
    We used to recite the poem in chorus.
    This is truly a gem in a poem...depicting stages of human existence. BRILLIANT! ! ! !
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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (3/6/2020 4:11:00 PM)

    Great poem by a great poet. Pleasure to read again. (Report)Reply

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  • Lisa Samuels (12/5/2019 11:08:00 AM)

    One man in his time plays many parts. We are actors and actress in our on way. Which part are you going to play.
    Shakespeare has got it right. Imaging being a Shakespeare. or a Michaela Jackson, Supermom or super dad. just love who you are and fit into this world.
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  • John AgandinJohn Agandin (12/3/2019 7:12:00 AM)

    " Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything" a true reflection of life! (Report)Reply

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  • Richard WeissmanRichard Weissman (10/15/2019 2:34:00 PM)

    The Seven Stages of Man is incredibly insightful. Like the vast majority of his work. (Report)Reply

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  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (10/9/2019 3:11:00 PM)

    One of the great pens of all time. I clearly remember reading his complete works in school. : -) (Report)Reply

    YoureName(10/10/2019 4:46:00 PM)

    DEFENITLY onw of the great PeNs of all time: -)

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    the great shakespeare (Report)Reply

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    True situations of life.. (Report)Reply

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  • Jez BurlJez Burl (9/21/2019 1:03:00 PM)

    Reminds me of high school life...how we used to recite this poem loudly... (Report)Reply

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  • Naida Nepascua SupnetNaida Nepascua Supnet (9/17/2019 7:01:00 AM)

    I miss teaching this to my class, aahhhh what a wonderful poem. (Report)Reply

    ShrekLover69(10/10/2019 7:11:00 PM)

    #Relatable
    I miss making fun of kids aswell

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    His name add (Report)Reply

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  • Sheena (8/13/2019 8:54:00 AM)

    It is very meaningful poem 😀😀 (Report)Reply

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  • Stephen LoomesStephen Loomes (8/10/2019 8:20:00 PM)

    Altlhough the idea came from Palladas, the Greek cynic, as was his genius, William elevated the concept into the eternal stratosphere (Report)Reply

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  • Don KubickiDon Kubicki (7/28/2019 12:22:00 PM)

    Always the best poem of the ages. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003



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