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CLASS- IX SECTION -B
TOPIC-POEM
PREPARED BYKRISHNA KUMARI RANA
TGT (ENGLISH)
‘The Seven Ages’
Jaques,
‘As You Like It’.
The poet compares this world to a stage
of a theatre and all its men and women to
actor and actresses.
They take birth,play seven different roles
and die.
The seven stages of man’s life are:First stage- an infant
Second stageschool boy
Third stage- lover
Fourth stagesoldier
Fiftg stagejustice
Sixth stage-old ‘pantaloon’
Seventh stage - second childishness
RHYMING SCHEME
The poem is written in free verse ;so it has no
rhyming scheme.
LITERARY DEVICES
Simile
creeping like snail
Sighing like furnace,
bearded like the pard,
metaphor
bubble reputation
Alliteration
a world too wide
For his shrunk shank,
Repetition
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans
taste, sans everything
1.What is the poetic device used in the first
line ?
2. What has the world been compared to ?
3. ‘All the men and women merely players’
What does it mean ?
4. “ In his time” What does it mean ?
5. What does “exits and entrances” refer to ?
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
.
Word
mewling
puking
satchel
whining
Meaning
crying
being sick, vomiting
a small bag
crying loudly
QUESTIONS
What are the characteristics of
the first stage of human life ?
b) Why does the schoolboy have a
shining face ?
c) Why is he creeping like a snail ?
d) Why is he whining ?
a)
And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow.
Word
woeful
sighing
Meaning
very sad
taking deep breath
a)
b)
c)
QUESTIONS
Which poetic device is used in the
second line of this stanza ?
What is the lover compared to and
why ?
Why is the lover’s ballad described
as ‘woeful’ ?
Then a soldier.
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like a pard,
Jealous in honour, and sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth.
Word
Meaning
oath
promises
pard
leopard
cannon
a big gun
bubble reputation
short lived fame
Then a soldier.
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like a pard,
Jealous in honour, and sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth.
Word
oath
pard
cannon
bubble reputation
Meaning
promises
leopard
a big gun
short lived fame
QUESTIONS
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
To which stage of life does the soldier belong to ?
What makes the soldier and a pard look alike ?
What is the pard a symbol of ?
What poetic device is used in the fourth line of this
stanza ?
What poetic device used in the second line of this
stanza ?
Why does the reputation has been described as
bubble ?
And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws a modern instances;
And so he plays his part.
Word
capon
justice
saws
Meaning
big and fat male chicken
judge
sayings
QUESTIONS
a)
What does ‘fair and round belly’
indicate ?
b) What does the justice do to show his
wisdom ?
c) What are the characteristics of a
justice’s stage ?
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 mainly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound.
Word
slippered
pantaloon
pouch
skin
hose
coverings
shank
ankle
treble
Meaning
wearing slippers
a funny old man
a soft fold of loose
that hangs down
tight fitting leg
leg from knee to
high voice
QUESTIONS
a) What does ‘slippered pantaloon’ indicate ?
b) What does ‘youthful hose’ refers to ?
c) What are the characteristics related to this
stage of life ?
Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans
everything.
word
oblivion
sans
Meaning
forgetful
without
QUESTIONS
a)
b)
c)
d)
What does ‘strange and eventful’ history refer to ?
What has the last stage of human life been called?
Explain the characteristics related to this stage of
life ?
What does the last line of the stanza highlight about
man ?
MESSAGE
The poem is a cynical comment
on the transitoriness(shortlivedness) of life and holds out a
very significant lesson that we
should live our different parts of
life as well as we can in order to
live asuccessful life.We should
alsoaccept death as the ultimate
reality of life.
Write the meaning of new words .
Frame questions stanzawise and write their
answers in short.
Find out the literary words used in the poem.
Prepare ppt of this poem in groups(4-5 students
in each group.
THANK YOU & HAVE A NICE DAY

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