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

  • Glenn Frederick Baker (5/7/2016 7:31:00 AM)

    Every line is a goldmine. It's matchless. (Report) Reply

    10 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Michaela Renee'' Solomon (5/4/2016 8:06:00 PM)

    Awesome (Report) Reply

  • Halin Roche (5/1/2016 6:59:00 AM)

    The Bard of Avon's masterpiece! ! KUDOS! ! (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Martin (4/27/2016 5:47:00 PM)

    The Bard at his best....... (Report) Reply

  • Vivek Kumar Vivek Kumar (4/26/2016 11:53:00 PM)

    it is very lovely and beautiful poem.. (Report) Reply

  • Shahid Saleem Butt Shahid Saleem Butt (4/14/2016 3:23:00 AM)

    great work of art. simply showing everything we do in life. (Report) Reply

  • Sonali Ganguly Sonali Ganguly (4/3/2016 11:33:00 PM)

    great poet who has shown us every phase of life beautifully (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/22/2016 9:20:00 PM)

    Verily, a lovely write that portrays the whole life of man (Report) Reply

  • Enoch John Enoch John (3/8/2016 3:28:00 PM)

    good 'ole' Shakespeare! (Report) Reply

  • Charles Zult (3/1/2016 12:16:00 AM)

    Tho needs some editing ,shakespear tried (Report) Reply

  • Uzefa Rashida M.a Uzefa Rashida M.a (2/24/2016 8:45:00 AM)

    The journey of life that every individual takes is shown with the best selection of words by the greatest writer of this world (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/20/2016 8:08:00 AM)

    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

    Yes a summary of the human history. (Report) Reply

  • Loppo Louie Loppo Louie (1/21/2016 9:26:00 PM)

    A classic Will poem.. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (1/12/2016 5:59:00 PM)

    ...........always has been one of my favorites ★ (Report) Reply

  • Geoffrey Plowden (1/9/2016 4:30:00 PM)

    This was condensed by the late Robert Conquest into the following (one or two words may be wrong) :
    At first, there is mewking and puling,




    At first, there is mewking and puling,
    Then grudgingly walking to schooling,
    Then f...s, and then fights
    Then judging men's rights,
    Then sitting in slippers, then drooling. (Report) Reply

  • richard khupe (1/8/2016 11:46:00 AM)

    Wonderful (Report) Reply

  • Aman.hussain200155@gmail.com Hussain (1/7/2016 4:49:00 AM)

    Seven ages of human life. Lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (1/4/2016 11:59:00 PM)

    An outstanding poem that can never be forgotten! (Report) Reply

  • The Poet Poet (12/26/2015 10:47:00 PM)

    when I hadn't met Shakespeare
    i composed
    This world's a stage
    where men and gals

    gals have one brain
    and a heart
    and
    they use both together

    guys have two heads
    and deceitful heart
    they don't use all together
    but mostly use
    their lower

    I thought all gals by now knew
    having experienced the net
    volatile as it may be
    they often have seen guys
    scream
    for love only
    then having poured all
    they scram

    that's why
    I always tell gals
    play safe
    use condoms

    but none listens
    till becomes full their tummy
    whose is it he asks?
    she can't say yours
    and he knows

    so play safe
    from this love game

    as the maternity
    is a mere fact only
    paternity is hearsay
    if I may say
    listen or not
    'tis your will
    God IF ANY

    will anyway remain

    SI L E N T AND
    S T A T U E still


    are its toys
    and God is
    Child himself...'

    in school we had a big doll house
    with tin soldiers (Report) Reply

  • Ricky Cloud (12/25/2015 1:25:00 PM)

    Explicitly inchanting. (Report) Reply

    The Poet Poet (12/26/2015 10:48:00 PM)

    enchanting yes ricksy

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003



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