The Seven Ages


Textual Questions

Q: Explain the meaning of the following
a) ......all the men and merely player:
  They have their exits and entrances
b) And then the lover
  Sighing like furnace...
c) a soldier,
  ....... seeking the bubble reputation
  Even in the cannon's mouth.
Ans: a) As one sees, no one of u is immortal. In relation to the earth's timelessness, each person is like an actor or actress. They come to perform the assigned role in life. He or he is, thus, like an actor or actress in a drama. To elaborate, when we are born, we enter the play. When we live our lives in various stages, we progress through the play. When we leave the play, we retire from the life, that is, we die.
        b) The lover sighs in love as he struggles to express his deep love. The poet here compares the lover's sobbing to the sound of a burning furnace since the pain of love burns the lover's heart and comes out in the form of sob, tears and poems.        
        c) The soldier here is the symbol of youth. The youth is always highly confident, optimistic and ambitious. The poet says that the soldier risks even his life to seek the transitory reputation. He knows that he will die, but is least worried of it because reputation is more important to him.

Some Extra Questions

Short Answer Type
1. How is the world a stage showing seven ages of men?
Ans: The world as a stage is like the story of human life. The stage of drama has exits and entrances. Likewise, human life has in it birth and death. Thn on this world stage man plays seven stages of life. Infancy, childhood, studentship, lover, young soldier, middle aged juge and old age   are those seven stages.
2. How does man as an infant and as a child behave?
Ans: Man as an infant cries and vomits in the lap of the nurse. The nurse takes care of his well-being. Soon when he comes to the school going age, he goes to school like a snail. He has a shining morning face and a...