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

  • (10/13/2017 5:46:00 AM)

    A magnificent, powerful piece. this is going straight to my fav.. (Report) Reply

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  • Priyanka Singh (9/29/2017 3:22:00 PM)

    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
    Thanks poet.
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  • Rishabh Mishra (9/29/2017 8:31:00 AM)

    All the world's a stage, one of my initial read when I started understanding the poems and a poet's mind. How playfully portrayed it is and very true understanding that can be understood the same way in every century. I feel like his soul is around me and inspires me to go with my passion with literature, I am very much touched with Shakespeare Sir. Amazing that he introduced more than 80 thousand English words. Great man he was, in literature he will always be. (Report) Reply

  • Evelyn Norcott (9/24/2017 2:34:00 PM)

    One of my favourites. - used to read when I was young. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/29/2017 2:18:00 PM)

    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/5/2017 2:43:00 AM)

    One of my favourite poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gayathri Seetharam (6/11/2017 4:30:00 PM)

    Dear William Shakespeare and if only he were around to read my comment about such a special poem, he would have said that in this world, we shall play the part of hero and heroine. And I, for a bag of guineas, would have been swept off my feet. -Gayathri B. Seetharam (Report) Reply

  • Madhabi Banerjee (5/27/2017 1:20:00 PM)

    i read it several times, but i feel never it be second (Report) Reply

  • M Sagnik Das (5/23/2017 12:59:00 PM)

    nice poem i ilke itttt (Report) Reply

  • Parivallal P (5/18/2017 7:04:00 AM)

    Life, as simple as it is written, but as complicated as it gets :) (Report) Reply

  • (5/14/2017 2:36:00 PM)

    A great philosophy of life, it couldn't be done any better. (Report) Reply

  • Beryl Jacob (4/26/2017 1:09:00 PM)

    This poem is very nice.it is good. (Report) Reply

  • Allen Ginsberg (4/26/2017 11:59:00 AM)

    william good first draft keep it up (Report) Reply

  • Joshua Adeyemi (4/11/2017 10:16:00 AM)

    Indeed Shakespeare, that shakes our sphere.
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  • (4/8/2017 10:46:00 AM)

    The seven phases of human life as portrayed by W.S.are actually the different roles assigned to mankind to perform efficiently on the platform of world. (Report) Reply

  • (3/26/2017 9:46:00 AM)

    Though I have read several times this poem I still like to enjoy these lines of wisest truths of human life and likes. (Report) Reply

  • Anne Velevski (3/11/2017 8:48:00 PM)

    This is so compacted...haven't read much about him but he knows how to expand or compact a poem and this a trait of his that is very noticeable here. This poem is very rich, there was much more to it but he sought to compact it so it's a edit of the long version, that's my view though and seems somewhat rushed, too fast paced but well done. (Report) Reply

  • Taylor H (3/9/2017 11:02:00 AM)

    I absolutely love this poem (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Jones (2/26/2017 1:12:00 AM)

    Just mesmerizing flow and evolution. (Report) Reply

  • (2/12/2017 10:45:00 AM)

    I just want to say superb (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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