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The Seven Ages of Man
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.




Analysis: Shakespeare Pictures, Images and Photos
"The Seven Ages of Man" by William Shakespeare follows a man through his life and the many roles he plays during that lifetime. The Poem starts right off the bat with a Metaphor by calling the world a stage. A Metaphor is when a poet compares one thing to another with out useing the words like or as. Shakespeare starts the story when the man is a baby who is vulnerable and dependent. Then the man turns into a boy old enough to go to school, who complanes about school. But then again who doesn't?? Next the boy turns into a teenager, who is controlled by his hormones. Forth, the teen enters manhood as a soldier who is proud and brave even in the face of danger. The man then transitions into a justice, or a father figure, who shares his life lessons with his children. The sixth stage of a man's life is an elder, who is weak and has his best years behind him. Lastly, there is death that brings this play called life to a close. And the man is left without or "Sans" teeth, eyes, taste, or anything at all.