William Wordsworth are returning from a friends house with hissister Dorothy. His eyes are severe and he develops a beard of formal cut to impress other's. He sighs like a burning furnace and sings the sad ballads of romance; full of woe; affected with, characterized by, or indicating woe: woeful melodies; to impress his lover's heart. With this, man enters the last act where he experiences his second childhood as he becomes dependent on people once more. The infant cries and vomits all the time. In the fourth stage of his life man becomes a foul mouthed soldier who has learned queer words at this stage, he tries to give himself a formidable look with a beard like a part.
The fifth stage is the adult-hood where a man tries to live a fair and justified life. We can however see a repetition of consonant sounds throughout the poem. He has reached a stage where he has gained prosperity and social status. Jaques calls this age second childhood. The second act is that of the schoolboy, who with his shining face in the morning, is lazy to go to school, and slouches till there. At this stage of life, honour and reputation are very valuable to them and they will ever prefer death to guard their reputation. The little child however is unwilling to go to school.
His size shrinks and his manly voice turns into thin childish voice. He grows into a young man full of desires, ambitions, and dreams. When the speech is taken out of its context in the play, part of its meaning is lost. He sighs like a burning furnace and sings the sad ballads of romance. The author compares the world with a stage and every living person is described as an actor, who plays seven different plays on that stage. In the sixth act, probably when the man retires from all sorts of occupation, he is very frail, and sick.
This period normally last till four years of age. His authoritative voice has grown weak and his voice trembles as he talks. In the beginning he does not like going to school but gradually his thinking changes. The youthful sinewy frame of the soldier now reduces to the lean and bony stature of the old man. In the first stage, he is the infant, in the second, he is the schoolboy.
Their very flatness enables Jaques to make fun of them. He cries in the arms of his nurse for one reason or the other. He wishes to grab wealth by foul or fair means. He has used different words to beautify the poem in a wonderful way. Getting older and weaker death approaches. He is very jealous in honour and seeks the reputation which is going to burst then and there, even in front of the mouth of the gun.
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. At last, the poet describes how an individual enters the last stage of one's life which is comparable to second childhood. The justice is shown as round-bellied, well-to-do man; eating chicken which the speaker humorously says is lined in his belly in the form of fat. We see this emotion well explored in the play. He is a fair, healthy man full of wisdom.
Mankind has the longest infancy. Just like the infrastructures of a stage, the world has its own entrances and exits. He becomes thin, wears spectacles and the skin hangs loosely like a pouch. A man falls in love suffers from pain of seperation. In the final, seventh stage of life the man is crippled with age. When time passes onwards the schoolboy transformed into a youngster.
The first stage of life is that of an infant who always cries and pukes on his nurse's lap. The sixth stage is about the man who has grown old and is seen in a pantaloon and spectacles. Then he becomes the soldier full of strange solemn promises. Then he becomes old, his body becomes weak and he begins to wear light slippers in place of heavy boots. It is a speech of a philosopher Jacques talking to Duke Senior. No matter how hard he tries to remember things, he is just not able to.
His look is authoritative and he advises people. It is like a second childhood as he has to depend on others for everything. In this poem, Shakespeare compares life to a stage and has divided life into seven stages each having its own varied qualities and features. After this stage,the individual experiences the old age. He becomes emotional and sighs like furnace.
He is a fair, healthy man full of wisdom. A bespectacled man, he has a pouch by his side perhaps owing to his failing memory. It is the time when he loves his beloved ardently. He has a beard like a tiger or a leopard. Shakespeare ingeniously compares the periods of life to theater plays, where actors — people — play their roles until they go away from the stage forever.