“All the World’s a Stage” by William Shakespeare

“All the World’s a Stage” by William Shakespeare


“All the World’s a Stage” from “As You Like It” 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.

100 thoughts on ““All the World’s a Stage” by William Shakespeare”

  1. Bereavement. Homesickness. A first kiss. Experiences like these transcend our rational understanding of the world. In such moments, we need poetry.

    That's why we're excited to have paired contemporary and classical poems with award-winning animators to help us all better understand the most inexplicable parts of life.

    Today, we published six poems in our new series "There's a Poem for That". We hope you love these poems as much as we do! Check out the whole series here:http://bit.ly/TEDEdTheresAPoemForThat

    Let us know in the comments which poems you'd love to see animated as part of this series.

  2. The way this poem ends reminds me of a Spanish classic poem which ends this way: it and you all together will turn into earth, smoke, dust, shadow, nothing.

  3. What a great series! Keep it up.

    I would love to see your take on some of these poems.

    "if" by rudyard kipling

    "into my heart an air that kills" by A. E. Houseman

    "dulce et decorum est" by wilfred owen

  4. I was at first confused about this poem. It sounded so different. But then I realised I misremembered and confused this poem with Life's Brief Candle in Macbeth.

  5. Poignant, timeless pieces of poetry + Ted-ED's awesome animation + soothing background noise and narration = literary heaven <3

  6. This reminded me of my school days… the forest of arden… melancholic jaques… Thank you Ted Ed for bringing back those sweet memories 🙂

  7. I can imagine Duke Senior, Jacques, Orlando, and all their allies reciting poetry and having fun in the forest.

  8. Suggestions:
    Rime of the ancient Mariner – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Ozymandias – Percy Byshee Shelly
    Not marble nor the gilded monuments – William Shakespeare
    P. S. The animation for this video is incredible

  9. TED-Ed please do 'the rime of the ancient mariner'
    That would be really exciting with your wonderful recitation and incredible animation

  10. The animation is simply brilliant! The way the image of the boats and the narration wove together to create the ideal mindscape for this poem! Brilliant!

  11. then theres stage Eight: "learn to build, boat and fly. cuz I aint fake being nice to you still." Now playing outside where you fake being a person because i see you

  12. "You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. "here is an excerpt from desiderata

    desiderata by max ehrmann please!!

  13. I have never seen a more beautiful animation. Who'd have thought one could make a harbor scene so poetic. Most profound of art just needs a sincere observation it seems.

  14. It was there in my 9th grade along with Solitary reaper, The Road not taken and Lord Ullin's daughter ☺️

  15. I must say that this reading, without trying to invoke some Shakespearean tone, made the poem much easier to ingest as well as comprehend and relate to! Thanks!

  16. The intonation of this classic poem is extremely beautiful and emotional. Please make a video narrating KUBLA KHAN by S. T. Coleridge. It will be a success and a great gift for us, the poetry lovers.

  17. The number of words describing each age increases, except for the last one, where i presume the death of a person is sudden

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