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

  • Rookie - 265 Points Gauri Sharma (6/25/2015 11:29:00 AM)

    Its just the truth of life thats just fitted into a GREAT poem.. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 97 Points Loppo Louie (6/13/2015 4:39:00 PM)

    The world as I see it? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 293 Points Suelynn Walters (6/11/2015 7:00:00 PM)

    Brilliance And Truth. I love this Poet with
    all my Heart! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,894 Points Frank Davis, Sr. (5/29/2015 10:18:00 AM)

    Painfully accurate- and, of course, beautiful!
    Good job, Bill! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,425 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/27/2015 6:12:00 PM)

    We discuss this in our class.. and true.. man really has seven ages.
    This made us understand how man has different characteristics and attitudes in his lifetime because he will go through these stages.
    WS-brilliant as always. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,724 Points Herbert Guitang (5/18/2015 6:49:00 AM)

    A truly masterpuece level kind of poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,724 Points Herbert Guitang (5/18/2015 6:49:00 AM)

    But her love can"t be bought. Very interesting (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Wonder Woman (4/21/2015 5:42:00 PM)

    This morning I passed a schoolboy exactly like that. I find the poem irresistibly funny. The last two lines! lots of psychological insight too. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Wonder Woman (4/21/2015 5:39:00 PM)

    Love it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points Kainat Zahra (4/13/2015 9:58:00 AM)

    NYC poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points pratyush gautam (4/11/2015 6:27:00 AM)

    best poem of shakespeare (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 46 Points Serin Khan (3/28/2015 10:28:00 AM)

    (y) one of his best work of arts i must say.......... (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,690 Points Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/16/2015 1:49:00 PM)

    The poem shows the clear picture of our life. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,848 Points Kumarmani Mahakul (3/10/2015 12:32:00 AM)

    It is one of the most beautiful poems nicely envisioned and composed by Late William Shakespeare. His poem' All the World's a Drama Stage brings a clear picture of the society. His imagination was too high. Really world is a drama stage in where people play here as players. It is a eternal truth. With high regards I offer my tribute to Shakespeare. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,852 Points John Richter (2/6/2015 11:14:00 AM)

    This is one of a few works by Shakespeare that i find incredibly wonderful.... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,165 Points Rajesh Thankappan (1/11/2015 6:43:00 AM)

    That sums up the History of man. A masterpiece from the master-craftsman. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sacilliyah YvesWalker (12/28/2014 7:17:00 PM)

    How pitiful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Stephen Denboer (11/27/2014 6:48:00 PM)

    Ah, the beauties of shakespeare (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 171 Points Kevin Nash (10/29/2014 4:07:00 PM)

    from an infant to a wrinkeld, lonely old age...everything about this poem is on point in life some play a short ,some play half and some play from start to end also those who are just extras, so the world s a stage and we players in it!#great one from a great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,001 Points Frank Avon (10/27/2014 2:36:00 PM)

    One of Shakespeare's most beautiful poems. 'As You Like It, ' as I remember. The sounds, the images, the line enjambments, the rhythms perfectly natural, yet basically iambic pentameter with just the right variations. And, yes, he's got the seven stages just right, too. Take it from one who's probably advancing from #6 to #7. Oh, woe. Instead of a soldier (#4) , I was a seeker, a competitor, a climber; instead of a justice (#5) , I was a professor. O/w I've played all the rolls, just as Sh. says. Yes, I'm persuaded to add this to my list of favorite poems. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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