Friday, April 17, 2009

Poetry Friday - A Little Shakespeare

Before I launch into my poetry post for today, let me remind you of the Poetry Makers series happening here every day in April. In honor of poetry Friday there are TWO poets featured today. They are Arnold Adoff and Jaime Adoff.

Alright, on with the regularly scheduled poetry post!
I'm already at the theatre, preparing for a 10 am matinee for the students from area high schools. That means I'm in the mood for Shakespeare today. This is from As You Like It.
Act II, Scene 7

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.
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 honor, 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 lined,
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 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. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
The round up is being hosted by Becky at Becky's Book Reviews. Do stop by and take in all the great poetry being shared. Before you go, be sure to check out this week's poetry stretch results. Happy poetry Friday, all!


  1. You and Kelly both went with Shakespeare today!

  2. It is so much easier for me to read Shakespeare when someone pulls pieces of it out like this for me. Thank you.

  3. I'm with you, Susan. Shakespeare intimidates me. I need small invitations in, like this one.