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It's not a poem. It's a speech from a play. It's said by a character called Jaques in a play called As You Like It, in response to a remark made by the Duke that some people i…n the theatre of life are worse off than Jaques. Jaques picks up on that and delivers the speech beginning with the words "All the world's a stage". Jaques is a cynical character; he's responding to the Duke's "some people are worse off than you" with "everyone's the same, they go through the same seven stages, just like they were actors playing the same part." By: M.ZAM ZAM Shaikh
The man in the speech goes through these stages: Infancy: In this stage he is dependent on others and needs to be constantly attended to.Childhood: It is in this stage that he… begins to go to school. He is reluctant to leave the protected environment of his home as he is still not confident enough to exercise his own discretion.The lover: As an adolescent, he is awakened to feelings of love. He tries to express feelings through song or some other cultural activity.The soldier: As a young adult, he embarks on a career. He is very easily aroused and is hot headed. He is always working towards making a reputation for himself and gaining recognition, however shortlived it may be, even at the cost of his own life.The justice: In this stage, he is a mature adult and has acquired wisdom through the many experiences he has had in life. He has reached a stage where he has gained prosperity and social status. He becomes very attentive to his looks and begins to enjoy the finer things of life.Old age: He begins to lose his charm --- both physical and mental. He begins to become the brunt of others' jokes. He loses his firmness and assertiveness, and shrinks in stature and personality.Mental dementia and death: He loses his status and he becomes a non-entity. He becomes dependent on others like a child and is in need of constant support before finally dying.
the answer to this question is in the poem written by William Shakespeare. The poem is " All the world is a stage". In poem the poet describes all the seven ages of man an…d their qualities. All the world's a stage is the phrase that begins a monologue, As you like it,spoken by melancholy Jaques in Act 2 scene 7. the seven stages are 1. infancy 2. whining schoolboy 3. the lover 4. the solider 5.the justice 6. old age 7. incapacity
Man's history on earth seems to be pitiful and comic. He has seven distinct stages in his life in this world which appears as characters one after the other in a play. Infant,… school boy, lover, soldier, magistrate, old man and the dying man-all these parts are played by us one after another on the stage that is this world, unless untimely called back to the place where we came from. A newborn baby kicks and cries in his nurses' arms. The whining school boy with his heavy set of books and a shining morning face creeps like an unwilling snail to his grammar school. The third stage is that of the lover who has loved and lost who sighs like a hot furnace and sings sad songs about his lost love. Such sentimentality and unripeness shall be forgiven, as it also is a natural stage in the normal evolvement of the human psyche and physique. Then the stage of the lover strongly and silently evolves into that of the soldier, when sentimentality withdraws and strength appears in its place. In this stage, which is unusually colourful and lively, he seeks chivalry and glory and is even ready to get into and explode himself inside the cannon's mouth to gain a bubble reputation, though momentary. Now come the rest three successive stages of the middle aged man, the old man and the dying man, which also we act such extremely well on the stage that if someone stands outside this world and watches us, he would be amazed at how naturally we act. The fifth is a transition period in which man is equipped with the energy of the young and the experience of the old. How fortunate and prime a time and state to form oneself a statesman! In this middle age he is exceptionally able to distinguish between the right and the wrong and behaves like a magistrate, the man of justice. Then he becomes old, his body becomes weak, and he begins to wear light slippers in place of heavy boots. He wears spectacles and his cheeks are baggy. His trousers are now loose, and they become a vast playground to his thin legs. We may like the old men if at least their sounds are sweet and their words are meaningful, but alas, he has now lost several of his teeth and his words have lost their sweetness and meaning. In the seventh and the last stage, which ends this strange history of man's life on the world's stage, he looses all his teeth, loses sight and taste and everything else and becomes again a child to close the circle. And perhaps after death he may go beyond this world and reside in other realms of this limitless universe, or born again in this world itself to repeat everything.
Infant school boy lover soldier justice old age second childhood
This speech is part of Act 2, Scene 7 of William Shakespeare's play, As You Like It. It is neither a poem nor a song but an extended speech by the character Jaques who is expr…essing his usual melancholy at the expense of the human race. The cycle of life from the infant to the invalid old man resembling an infant, progressing through seven distinct stages is the theme of his speech. 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. They have their entrances and their exits . . ." Thus what he is saying is that everyone is an actor, acting all the time, just playing out caricatures of humanity. He is not only saying that we are all playing in a play, but that it is a particularly badly written play at that. The characters we play are just corny stereotypes.
Basically, Shakespeare is comparing life to a stage (acting). For more details, please visit the Related Link.
InfantSchoolboyLove-struck teenSoldier/fighterJustice/wisemanelderly manSecond childness/helpless elderly man
it means a man have seven stages in the mans life that are 1. infancy 2. childhood 3. adulthood 4. soldier 5. justice 6. oldage 7. second childhood
As you Like It
Infant school boy lover soldier justice old man and death These are the seven ages of man as set out in a speech by Jaques in As You Like It.
This speech is part of Act 2, Scene 7 of William Shakespeare's play, As You Like It. It is neither a poem nor a song but an extended speech by the character Jacques who is exp…ressing his usual melancholy at the expense of the human race. The cycle of life from the infant to the invalid old man resembling an infant, progressing through seven distinct stages is the theme of his speech. 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. They have their entrances and their exits . . ." Thus what he is saying is that everyone is an actor, acting all the time, just playing out caricatures of humanity. He is not only saying that we are all playing in a play, but that it is a particularly badly written play at that. The characters we play are just corny stereotypes.
"If" is a poem. "The Seven Ages of Man" is a speech from a play. That's the biggest difference. "If" was written by Kipling, in the nineteenth century; As You Like It (the… play the speech comes from) was written by William Shakespeare in the sixteenth century. "If" is Kipling speaking. He is making a didactic statement about what it means to be a mature person. ("Then you'll be a man, my son.") Its tone is earnest and moralizing. The poem is directed to the reader. The seven ages is not Shakespeare speaking. The speaker is Jaques, a character known to be cynical and chronically depressed. He is not talking to a reader--in fact Shakespeare never intended those words to be read by anyone other than the actor playing Jaques--but rather to another character in the play, Duke Senior. The Duke has just pointed out to Jaques that he ought to cheer up because some people are worse off than he is. Jaques then tries to respond with this speech which says that everyone is pretty much the same, so don't try to tell me that somebody is worse off than I am. Jaques's tone is cynical; he sneers at the creeping schoolboy and the sighing lover, and ends with the sad reflection that we will all end up in some old folks' home, drooling in our porridge.
"creeping like snail", "sighing like furnace", and "bearded like the pard".