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The Seven Ages :

The Seven Ages

William Shakespeare:

William Shakespeare William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616)was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, two epitaphs on a man named John Combe, one epitaph on Elias James, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613 at age 49, where he died three years later. "All the world's a stage" is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare's As You Like It , spoken by the melancholy Jacques in Act II Scene VII. The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play, and catalogues the seven stages of a man's life, sometimes referred to as the seven ages of man: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon, and second childhood, sans. It is one of Shakespeare's most frequently-quoted passages, and is mistakenly believed by some to be Shakespeare's last speech.

The Seven Ages:

The Seven Ages All the world’s a stage And all the men and women merely players: They have there exists and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages

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At first the infant , Mewling and puking In the nurse’s arms.

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Then the whining school boy, With his satchel And shining morning face, Creeping like snail Unwillingly to school

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And then the lover Sighing like furnace, With a woeful ballad Made to his mistress’ eyebrow

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Then a solider Full of strange oaths, And bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon’s mouth

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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 mordern instances; And he also plays his part. The sixth age shifts

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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 bid manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound

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Last scene of all , That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Summary:

Summary Shakespeare compares the world with a stage in a theatre and men and women with the players on that stage. Like the stage in the theatre, life too has its entrances and exits. A man plays his role through the seven ages of life. The first role/age is that of an infant. He cries and whines and vomits in the hands of his nurse. In the second stage of life, man plays the role of a little child. He carries a small schoolbag with him and has a shiny face, walking as slowly as possible because of his dislike of school. In the third stage of life, man plays the role of a lover. He falls in love passionately and sings a sad ballad about love, praising the beauty of his lover’s eyebrows. In the fourth stage of life, man plays the role of a soldier. He is full of strange oaths, bearded, and strives for honour, recognition and reputation. In the fifth stage of life, man plays the role of a justice. He is full of wise sayings. He uses his experience, wisdom and knowledge in the dispensation of justice. In the sixth stage of life, man becomes weak and fragile. He wears baggy clothes and his deep manly voice becomes high-pitched and whistly. Man’s last stage is that of extreme old age. This stage is compared to second childhood. He loses control over his senses and becomes dependent on others just like a child. He becomes a victim of forgetfulness and loses his teeth, eyesight, hearing, etc. and then, he passes away.

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Questions Read the stanza and answer All the world’s a stage And all the men and women merely players: They have there exists and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages 1.The poet says,’all the men and women are merely players’ because: a. They are good players b. They are not seroius c. They play their roles in the drama of life d. They play for a short period in life drama 2. Life is like a stage because: a. Life is a drama b. Life is temporary c. Life is temporary ,like actor’s role in the stage d. Man and women are actors and actresses playing there roles 3.The meaning of ‘entrances’ and ‘exists’ on the stage of life are: a. Death and birth b. Beginning of a drama ‘ the seven stages’ c. man’s development and deterioration d. Birth and death

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At first the infant , Mewling and puking In the nurse’s arms. 4. The first stage in the drama of life is- a. First act of life b. The infancy c. The new actor of the stage d. The beginning of the drama 5. ‘ muling ’ and ‘puking’ means- a. Crying and demanding b. Crying and sleeping c. Sleeping in the arms of the nurse d. Crying and vomiting in the arms of the nurse 6. The main charactersitics of the infant are-

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Then the whining school boy, With his satchel And shining morning face, Creeping like snail Unwillingly to school 1

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