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Of The Four Ages Of Man

Rating: 3.0
Lo, now four other act upon the stage,
Childhood and Youth, the Many and Old age:
The first son unto phlegm, grandchild to water,
Unstable, supple, cold and moist's his nature
The second, frolic, claims his pedigree
From blood and air, for hot and moist is he.
The third of fire and choler is compos'd,
Vindicative and quarrelsome dispos'd.
The last of earth and heavy melancholy,
Solid, hating all lightness and all folly.
Childhood was cloth'd in white and green to show
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Gordon Davidson 07 September 2018
What is the general theme of this passage?
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Frank Avon 19 August 2014
If the colonies had had a poet laureate, it should have been she.
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Patricia Grantham 19 August 2014
I enjoyed this poem full of laughter and very witty. The poets heart and soul was poured into this write. Enjoyed it.
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Serena Silenced 19 August 2013
Very good! Very witty. I really enjoyed it. Why are people not voting this a proper number? Definitely not a five. Come on!
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Shannae Moon 19 August 2013
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Vishal Sharma 19 August 2013
live poem enchanting and rhythmic
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Kevin Straw 19 August 2012
Ann Bradstreet lived in an age when few got old. She describes the high infant mortality - the child running about with an hourglass which dropped will end his life; even the Youth has death at his heels; the middle-aged are more assured of their full lifespan so long as they are wise enough to keep their swords sheathed! ; and then Old Age happy to die having fulfilled his life. An excellent poem.
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Ramesh T A 19 August 2011
It is another version of seven ages of men by William Shakespeare in his play, AS YOU LIKE IT!
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Terence George Craddock 19 August 2010
The first son unto phlegm, grandchild to water, Unstable, supple, cold and moist's his nature The second, frolic, claims his pedigree From blood and air, for hot and moist is he. The language depicting belief in the four humours and images discussed of a bygone era tell well Anne Bradstreet imparts the spirit of her age
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Kelsey Draeger 19 August 2009
I like this poem.It's not my favorite, but a nice poem.If you love poems, come see mine.you will love 'life'.
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