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Final Poetry

Final Poetry

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Talpur’s Outline Series
 
POETRY - XII
 
William Shakespeare
 
(1564 — 1616)
Lines
 
1- 5 .
 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.
stage
 
theatre
exit 
 
way out, outlet
 part 
character 
merely 
 
only, simply
entrance
way in, entry,
act 
 
 perform, do something
 players
 
group of actors, dramatists
REFERENCE:- 
 
These lines have been taken from
‘The Seven Ages of Man’
. This is a speech from
William Shakespeare's
well-known comedy
‘As You like It’
.
CONTEXT :- 
 
In this speech William Shakespeare compares our worldwith the stage. All men and women perform different roles on the stage of thisworld. The poet gives seven roles to a person during his life span. Each role or stage differs from the other. Man’s birth is entrance on the stage and death isdeparture from the stage.
EXPLANATION :- 
William Shakespeare calls this world a stage. Hesays that we people are the actors of this stage. The poet observes a lot of resemblance between our world and the stage. Our birth in this world is like theentrance of an actor on the stage, and our death is like the departure of an actor from the stage. The poet tells that a man performs seven different roles. Eachrole or act possesses various features.
 _______________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 
 
Prof: ShakilAhmed Talpur
1
 
Talpur’s Outline Series
 
POETRY - XII
 
Lines 6- 7 .
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arm.
infant 
newborn, baby
 puking 
vomiting
nurse
 
look after, foster 
mewling 
cry with sharp Sound
EXPLANATION :- 
 
William Shakespeare compares the world withstage with men and women as its actors. He says that one man in his lifeperforms seven different roles. The very first role is that of our birth. At this isstage one is infant. He remains crying and vomiting. He is looked after by hisnurse.
Lines 7- 9 .
Then, the whining schoolboy, with his satchel  And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school;
whining 
humming, buzzing
creeping 
 
move silently, crawl
unwillingly 
 
against your will
satchel 
school bag
snail 
 
small animal of water 
EXPLANATION :- 
In these lines Shakespeare describes the secondstage of a man in the world. This role begins when one starts going to school withschool bag on his shoulders. The schoolboy's face shines because his parentshave washed him well. And he does not want to go to school.
Lines 9-11 .
 And then the lover,Sighing like furnace
 
 , with the woeful ballad Made to his mistress's eyebrow.
sighing 
 
 
 breathe out noisily
woeful 
 
 
unhappy
ballad 
 
 
 poem, song
furnace
 
 
heater, boiler 
EXPLANATION :- 
In these lines Shakespeare describes the thirdstage of man's life. This age begins when one happens to know all about love andbeauty. Being away from his beloved, are having been failed in his love-affair, hesighs heavily and composes poetry in remembrance of his beloved.
 _______________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 
 
Prof: ShakilAhmed Talpur
2
 
Talpur’s Outline Series
 
POETRY - XII
 
Lines 11-15 .
Then a soldier,Full of strange oaths
 
 , and bearded like pard 
 
 , Jealous in honour 
 
 , sudden and quick in quarrel 
 
 ,Seeking the bubble reputationEvent in the canon's mouth;
strange
 
odd, extraordinary
oaths
 
 promise, pledge
bearded 
 
 
shave
 pard 
 
tiger, cheetah.
 jealous
 
 
envious, resentful
honour 
 
 
respect, admiration
sudden
 
rapid, abrupt
quarrel 
 
disagree, fight
seeking 
 
search for sth.
reputation
s
tatus, name
canon
 
 
a large gun
EXPLANATION :- 
In these lines William Shakespeare describes thefourth role of a man on the stage of the world. The fourth the stage produces aman as soldier. The soldier is very much emotional. He is desirous for fame, notknowing that worldly reputation is temporary. He is ready to face all dangers andtroubles of life. It takes all risks boldly in order to gain fame and gain.
Lines 16-18.
 And then, the justice
 
 ,In fair round belly with good lin’d.With eyes severe
 
 , and beard of formal cut,Full of wise saws and modern instances.
 justice
judge, nobleman
belly 
 
abdomen, tummy
lin’d 
 
lined, filled
severe
 
strict, harsh
formal 
 
 
 proper, official
wise
 
 
intelligent, clever 
saw 
 
 
saying, proverb
instance
 
 
example
EXPLANATION :- 
In these lines, William Shakespeare describes thefifth stage or role performed by a man or woman on the stage of the world. It isthe role of the justice or an official. He bears hard temperament and has beard of formal cut. He is fond of eating and drinking. He knows much about tradition andmodern sciences. He is expert in his field.
Lines 19-23 .
The sixth stage shiftsInto the lean and slippered pantaloon,With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
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Prof: ShakilAhmed Talpur
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