Talk:All the world's a stage

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Redirect new page[edit]

Should All the worlds a stage be created and then redirected to this page? After all...not everyone knows punctuation. I, for one, had to search to find this page.

I would do it, but I don't know how...or if I should.

Cymbalta 04:28, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Sure, great idea. If you don't know how to create a page, just red link it and click it to edit. To make Page 1 redirect to Page 2, just edit Page 1 and type #REDIRECT [[Title of Page 2]]. VolatileChemical 07:43, 8 April 2007 (UTC)


I move All the world's a stage be merged with Seven ages of man. If I must supply a reason, let it only be that they are the exact same things. VolatileChemical 07:45, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

I know this isn't about Merger, but I don't know how to start a new topic about this page. I thought it would be cool to add a section with cultural references to the seven ages of man/ all the world's a stage, as I've noticed it in several songs, and I'd be curious to see what people could come up with. I was just going to add it, but once again, I don't know how to add a new topic. I looked in the "how to edit wikipedia articles" etc. but couldn't figure it out.

Just type two equal signs (==) before and after the name of your section's title to make it a title, and then you write your paragraph under that. Hope that helps. VolatileChemical 08:50, 29 April 2007 (UTC)
Yes, they should be merged.--Alabamaboy 14:14, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

Another point of view[edit]

My opinion would be to just create and add it to the "see also" section, or maybe add it as a subtitle; it's actually different even though they are in the same speech. The two parts are referred to as separate in most cases as they are both famous on their own. I just put this in because it could be confusing if someone's looking for one and gets redirected to the other.

BTW: this is off topic, but very cool usernames guys! 02:20, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

Please don't merge it - I didn't know where the "seven ages of man" quote came from and just searched for it - up it sprang, not the only one of course, but I like wikipedia, it is so eclectic and merging this really goes against the grain. 13:45, 22 May 2007 (UTC)my first post to wiki - Mo Hall 13:45, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

I agree, they shouldn't be merged. The seven ages of man could apply to a variety of things such as Hermetic philosophy. This is a specific subset of Seven Ages of Man which as the above user states is famous in its own right.Purestgreen 10:59, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

Attribute Text[edit]

Please could the original poster state what edition/folio the speech comes from. The text differs slightly between versions which is clearly important for scansion and for actors.Purestgreen 11:01, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

In limerick[edit]

The best reference to a specific location I can find offhand is at I'll try and find it next week, if nobody else does sooner. --Quiddity 07:12, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Done. -- Quiddity (talk) 02:07, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Extraneous Monologue[edit]

Not sure if this is undergoing some editing and I assume it is an oversight but the monologue is repeated twice. I shall attempt to remove one but I am not technical. If it exceeds my ability I will simply leave it be. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:08, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

I have removed the text using the edit button. If this is for some reason incorrect please accept my sincere apologies - this is not vandalism and was performed reluctantly and with the best of intentions. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:14, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

I have opened an account since writing this 'extraneous monologue' section and removing the relevant superfluous text. I feel it is only proper return and sign off on the changes made. Morganautt (talk) 02:55, 1 April 2008 (UTC)


Should there be a section detailing the origins of the metaphor of the world as a stage? It's in Erasmus' Praise of Folly, as well as in a fragment of Petronius. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:17, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Yes, there should be. Please contribute it. (talk) 00:00, 12 June 2008 (UTC)Larry Siegel


Why is it listed as a soliloquy, when its a monologue, even when you click on the link it redirects to a monlogue? It should be changed, having it like that is confusing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:21, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Use in other works?[edit]

Shakespeare used the idea of all of the world being a stage in his other work, The Merchant of Venice "I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine a sad one. " - Act 1, Scene 1

shouldn't it be included in the article? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:20, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

i like the poem because it was so interesting —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:09, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

This idea of reality as a stage and as people as players is one of the main themes of Hamlet. This is an important parallel, that maybe should be touched on in this article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:09, 15 November 2010 (UTC)


Is the limerick part in the article really relevant? I believe it isn't at all, it does not contribute any further knowledge nor understanding regarding the monologue, and thus it should be deleted. It's really not encyclopedic at all to me. (talk) 07:15, 19 December 2010 (UTC)Nico

The limerick is part of the "critical commentary" on this piece of literary history. See this diff for the last time it was included. In my opinion it is an interesting and useful mnemonic for the seven ages, and it is from a field-relevant author, and published in a reliable source. I object to the removal of the full-limerick (particularly because the original citation is now partly behind a paywall), but will not replace it unless someone else agrees. —Quiddity (talk) 18:49, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

Summary pointless?[edit]

The summary seems to just re-hash what is essentially a simple monologue. Is it needed. Should it be refined? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:58, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

I came here to say the same thing. I could see it possibly being of use if people can't quite decipher some of the Shakespearean language, but for that purpose I think it would be better placed side-by-side with the original. (talk) 00:29, 12 July 2013 (UTC)


"Pantaloon" appears in current revision's introduction as one of the seven ages of man according to Shakespeare. Sounds to me like vandalism, but I hesitated to remove it since it has been there for a long time... josei (talk) 18:20, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi, I don't think it's vandalism. I think pantaloon is the sixth age of man.
According to :
pantaloon can refer to a character in the Commedia del Arte, who was always victim of tricks;
pantaloon can also refer to a garment
Mariiwakura (talk) 16:14, 3 July 2013 (UTC)