Write through the stages of your life
Poetry is so beautiful. I love how different people can read the same poem and find different meanings than others. It is a way to express yourself in a way that only you can fully understand. To me, it’s very lovely.
My favorite poem is one I discovered recently. It’s entitled, Seven Ages of Man.
Seven Ages of Man by. William Shakespeare
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and 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.
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 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.
Here’s a little history lesson. England was the home of the brilliant playwright, poet, and Actor, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is still considered the greatest writer in English language. His early plays were usually comedies and histories but later on in his life he started to write his tragedies like the famous plays Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear. His most famous play, “Romeo and Juliet”, was not originally his idea. The idea came from a play from another man and Shakespeare’s version of the play was making fun of the original. When he was 18 years old, he married a woman named Anne Hathaway (not the one we have today) and had three kids with her. And that concludes the little history lesson.
I have always had a certain, inexplicable love for the man and his creations. I wish I could have found this beauty earlier in my life. The attraction I feel is mostly aimed towards the style of writing he has. He has a very distinct style that is hard to understand but at the same time it’s very beautiful. This poem, to me, explains life almost perfectly. I am an actress, so when he said “All the world’s a stage” I felt a certain connection to the poem and decided to keep reading. As I was reading, I realized he is describing the different stages of life in a way I could understand. It’s very beautiful and I enjoy reading this poem. I hope others will also enjoy reading this as much as I did!