The Seven Ages of Man (Powerful Life Poetry)

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Read by James Smillie

The Seven Ages of Man 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;
And then the whining school-boy, 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 honour, 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 lin’d,
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 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 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.

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31 Comments

  1. I pray for those who reading this that the coming months of this year filled with Good News, Many Blessings, miracles, New Opportunities, Healings, and Love. Amen💕

  2. The pronunciation of the sans at the end is beautiful. A simple but haunting statement of the inevitable.

  3. There has only ever been one Shakespeare, and there’ll never
    Be another, have no fear..

  4. Wow, I haven’t heard this type of voice in centuries!!! Great video!

  5. The beauty of the words and the sound touched the depth of my heart🥺 💕

  6. *Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.*

    (If you love inspiration, you can come…)

    • Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.Not my cup of tea;)

  7. Man is the only animal that refuses to be what he is. What good are Wings without the courage to fly 🖖

  8. Haven’t you done this one before, if so what happened to the video? I can not seem to find it.

  9. I read it in previous class. It’s so beautiful and hurting….✨

  10. I heard this poem quite a few times before, but it’s one of those which you can come back numerous times.

  11. Ahhhh
    This make me want to write about
    “The memory of me”
    Now I am old and grey,
    Had fair share of events of life
    Through thick and thin
    Tasting joy and happiness
    Shocking betrays of trust
    Pitching pain and agony
    Broken hearts many times
    But still survived and still here
    Now I just want to count goodness
    And precious gift of life

  12. I get the distinct impression Mr. Shakespeare was NOT a fan of the human condition at any age.

  13. *every family has a person who breaks the chain of poverty. I hope you will be that person!*

  14. “Last scene of all that ends this strange, eventful history, is second childishness and mere oblivion…
    sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

    Don’t forget to leave a like on this video if you enjoyed our reading of one of Shakespeare’s greatest works.

    Feel free to drop any suggestions for future videos below!

    As always, thanks for the support – RF

  15. I remember doing King Lear “the act” by William Shakespeare in school and the exams about it later that year.
    I miss school a little.

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