Seven Ages Of A Man ( Poets background (William attended the King's…
Seven Ages Of A Man
Metaphor to compare old age to "second childishness,"
Metaphor "And shining morning face, creeping like snail"
Image of the infant "mewling and puking in the nurse's arms";
Simile to compare the soldier to "the 'pard"
mood / tone
Tone: Everybody dies and some have mundane lifestyles. Subject: The subject is the lifetime of a man which is shown in seven stages: infant, child, lovestruck, soldier, mature man, elderly man, and death.
theme / message
The theme of the Seven Ages of Man is the cycle of life. This is clearly expressed by the infant who progresses to an invalid old man through the seven stages. He starts by picking up on something the Duke has said and reflects, 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players'.
blank verse meaning it has rhythm but no rhyme
free verse using the narrative style
The Seven Stages are:
"Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms"
"That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything"
"with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school"
Old Age /
"lean and slipper'd pantaloon, With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side, His youthful hose well sav'd, a world too wide, For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice, Turning again towards childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound"
"Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow"
Middle Age /
"In fair round belly, with good capon lin'd, With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws, and modern instances"
"Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation"
The author compares the world with a stage and every living person is described as an actor, who plays seven different plays on that stage. These seven roles begin at birth and end with death.
The name of Shakespeare’s theatre, The Globe, was a promise to audiences that they really would see all the world put on a stage before them for a few hours, even if the characters strutting their hour upon the stage
William attended the King's New School, in Stratford, which taught reading, writing and the classics.
William Shakespeare was an English writer
William Shakespeare was born on April 26, 1564.