Photos and poetry 6 – All the World’s a Stage

I am on the countdown to the end of my 366 challenge with less that 2 weeks to go..

This is number 11 – taken at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon

You can see my other posts which combine my love of Photos and Poetry  here

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All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
414_507They 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.
And then the whining school-boy, 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.

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And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
415_508With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. T
he sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d 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.

William Shakespeare- All the world’s a stage (from As You Like It )

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If you’d like to you can read my other blog 1500 Saturdays here  . Over there I write about what I’m thinking, talking about, photographing or doing on all the Saturdays I hope I’ll have left!

Several people have asked where they might buy cards/prints of my work so I am gradually adding some favourites to my new Redbubble shopping page here 

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