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The Seven Ages of Man

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Judith Leon

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Connotative: Figures of Speech and Sound Devices Sources Born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Was his mother's third child, but the first to survive infancy.
Speculation that William Shakespeare traveled, worked as a schoolmaster in the country, was a soldier and a law clerk, or embraced or left the Roman Catholic Church continues to fill the gaps left in the sparse records of the so-called lost years.
At the age of eighteen, in November 1582, he married Anne Hathaway. Together they raised two daughters: Susanna, who was born in 1583, and Judith (whose twin brother died in boyhood), born in 1585.
Between about 1590 and 1613, Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays and collaborated on several more. Many of these plays were very successful both at court and in the public playhouses. In 1613, Shakespeare retired from the theatre and returned to Stratford-upon-Avon. He died and was buried there in 1616.
William Shakespeare was an English dramatist and poet, considered to be the greatest of all writers. Shakespeare was not only a writer and poet, but also an actor who devoted his life to the theatre. Title- The Seven Ages of Man I thought it was going to be about the seven phases that man goes through in life. I thought that the poem would divide life into seven stages that every man goes through in life, starting with being an infant or being born and ending with old age or death. William Shakespeare 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,
5 His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
10 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
15 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
20 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
25 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. Author: William Shakespeare http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/william-shakespeare
http://www.shmoop.com/as-you-like-it/seven-ages-man-symbol.html Theme The poems main idea is to show the different ages of man, and to divide life into the 7 most important changes/stages. In the poem, it is easy to tell what each stage is like and what matters to man during that time.
Another theme could be the inevitability of death --Shakespeare, mentions "mere oblivion" in his ending lines, giving some sort of finality to his ideas, showing that you can live your life, but everyone has to die.
Another theme is the inevitability of change -- Shakespeare never stays in the same stage for more than a few sentences, he constantly changes. Attitude Tone: Contemplative and reflective because he is explaining the seven ages of man and he is reflecting on the way man is during a stage of life. In the poem William Shakespeare describes and explains his thoughts on each stage. In "As You Like It" the tone is melodramatic.
Images: Poem is very descriptive, it gives many images throughout the poem.
Mood: Jaques is a character who is dominated by a humour, in this case melancholy. Such characters were popular in Shakespeare's day. Jaques found a reason to be depressed in everything.
So, when the Duke points out to him that there are some people on this stage of life who are worse off than him, he responds with this speech, suggesting that everyone is just as badly off as everyone else because we are all the same. We are all playing parts and we all play the same parts. He then proceeds to sarcastically describe these caricatures of the stages of a man's life. Poem's Form This poem comes from Shakespeare's comedy; As you like it. The whole poem is a monologue, a long speech delivered by a single character. Personal Response By Judith Leon I like the poem, because it is interesting to view what William Shakespeare thought about life. I can also relate the seven ages of life to me and others, because everyone goes through these stages in life. Everyone is an infant when they are born and everyone has to die at some point in life. Poem's meaning *Brake down life into seven stages. * Everyone goes through these stages * Humans are born, grow, and then die *In order to go to the next stage one must complete the previous one . * You should live life to the fullest extent, because you only live once and everyone goes through the same stages Stanza #1- Life is compared to being on a stage and the people the actors on in the play. entrance being birth and exit being death. The many things people do and obstacles they encounter are the many parts of the play.
Stanza #2- First stage in life is being an infant, during this time people are vulnerable and can’t do anything on their own. Then the schoolboy, whining and unwilling to go to school. This happens to everyone, there are those days that you don’t want to complete that day's task.
Stanza #3-then the lover with a woeful ballad: every relationship has its problems. The soldier, a person with a little too much pride for his country and for his part as defender of his country. Also wanting a good reputation.
Stanza #4- Then the justice, who has gained wisdom from many experiences.
Stanza #5- The pantaloon, old man, his voice turning into a high pitched childish voice.
Stanza #6- The last stage, the old many is dependable on other people again. The lost of teeth, sight, and taste occurs slowly approaching to death. Metaphors- A metaphor is a comparison between two things that replaces the word or name for one object with that of another. A metaphor is an implied simile. It shows direct comparison of two things. Shakespeare shows direct comparison of the world with stage, where all mankind come and play their roles. When he compares the world to a stage he is saying that life is like a play full of drama. He also compares men and women to actors saying they have their entrances and their exits, meaning that men and women enter life when they are born and they exit at death. His acts being seven ages, this is saying that men go through seven ages in life. The examples of metaphors in the seven ages of man are all the worlds a stage, and men and women merely players. Simile- In this figure of speech, the poet compares two unlike objects by using words as and like. In the second stage, Shakespeare compares a unwilling schoolboy with snail. In the third stage, the poet compares sighs taking in grief and pain of the lover with the sound of furnace. The last simile is used in the fourth scene, where he becomes a soldier and stands as a great loyal to his country because he takes strange oaths which remain inevitable to be filled. The soldiers beard is compared leopards spots, his beard is his honor that is dearer to him than his life. Personification- Personification is a tool used to give life to inanimate objects. There are two examples of personification in this poem. The examples are; Sighing like a furnace, and even in the cannon’s mouth, this means that during this time you stop valuing your own life, and seek to protect your honor and your cause even in the face of grave danger. Symbolism- Having one thing stand for another, especially for a complex of interrelated concepts. Shakespeare uses exits to stand for death and entrances to stand for birth. Rhyme- Correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, esp. when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry. Rhythm- Repetition of same word is found in a line. An example of rhythm: sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste and sans everything. Alliteration- Repetition of same letter at the beginning of word. Examples of alliteration in the text are; plays many parts, satchel and shining..., with a woeful ballad made to his mistress', quick in quarrel, a world too wide and shrunk shank. Consonance- The recurrence of similar sounds, esp. consonants, in close proximity. An example in the poem would be; shrunk shank.
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