Unseen Poem Collection Poem 11

Poem 11

Directions : (Q. Nos. 1 – 6) Read the poem carefully and answer the following questions.

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 schoolboy, 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 part,
Jealous in honor, 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 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
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
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.

1. All the world’s a stage’ is an extended Metaphor for


2. All ‘have their exits and their entrances‘. Exits and entrances refer to


3. The seven roles that a man plays correspond to his


4. These lines have been taken from


5. The line ‘creeping like snail unwillingly to school’ contains the poetic device of


6. In the first stage ‘Infancy’. What are the characteristic feature?


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