All The World's A Stage Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABCDEFGGHIHIGJKIICLM IINOGPJQ

All the world's a stageA
And all the men and women merely playersB
They have their exits and their entrancesC
And one man in his time plays many partsD
His acts being seven ages At first the infantE
Mewling and puking in the nurse's armsF
Then the whining schoolboy with his satchelG
And shining morning face creeping like snailG
Unwillingly to school And then the loverH
Sighing like furnace with a woeful balladI
Made to his mistress' eyebrow Then a soldierH
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pardI
Jealous in honor sudden and quick in quarrelG
Seeking the bubble reputationJ
Even in the cannon's mouth And then the justiceK
In fair round belly with good capon linedI
With eyes severe and beard of formal cutI
Full of wise saws and modern instancesC
And so he plays his part The sixth age shiftsL
Into the lean and slippered pantaloonM
With spectacles on nose and pouch on sideI
His youthful hose well saved a world too wideI
For his shrunk shank and his big manly voiceN
Turning again toward childish treble pipesO
And whistles in his sound Last scene of allG
That ends this strange eventful historyP
Is second childishness and mere oblivionJ
Sans teeth sans eyes sans taste sans everythingQ

William Shakespeare



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