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One Man In His Time Plays Many Parts

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"One Man In His Time Plays Many Parts" Shakespeare's use of metaphor in seeing the world as a stage and life as a play to be acted out on this stage is simple and effective. Mankind becomes a player on this stage and life is broken down into seven ages. During these seven ages each person can play many different parts. He starts with the infant. "Mewling and Puking in the nurses arms" This indicates a derogatory attitude to the helpless infant who is dependent on the nurse. The infant has now grown into a schoolboy and the mewling has now become whining. "Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school." His attitude has changes and the tone is more sympathetic. The ugly infant has now become a schoolboy with a shining morning face. ...read more.


Giving the ending scene to the play. "Is second childishness and mere oblivion Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything." Louis McNeice's Bagpipe Music is a very cynical view of life after the way war has changed it. The points he makes are true but perhaps exaggerated to emphasis his point, very satirical. "Take it away; I'm through with over production." "It's no go the herring Board, it's no go the bible, All we want is a packet of fags when our hands are idol." HE makes everyone sound as if they have no morals and classes everyone in the same group, that they are all shallow and only after money and woman. There is also an attack of peoples believes and values. "It's no go my honey love it's no go my poppet;" In Shakespeare's time this behaviour would not be widespread and talked about in this same kind of way. ...read more.


The overall tone of the poem is bleak, gloomy and harrowing as it makes you realise this will be you and the people you know "We shall find out." Perhaps it only sounds like Larkin is talking about all old people as he has set the poem in the situation of an old peoples home or ward in a hospital and talking about the worse among them. Shakespeare gives old people more dignity when he is talking about them unlike making them sound totally unable of helping themselves. The overall view of life Shakespeare gives in "The Seven Ages of Man" is very accurate at describing the way people grow up and change how they act. Larkin and McNeice use comedy to convey the meaning in their poems but they both use this very well as in both cases you end up thinking is this true? All the poems give a real view of life just in a different way to each other but they all conclude by the end of life. ...read more.

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