Shakespeare over in this poem All the World a Stage has masterfully described the stages of human life. The use of the imagery of acting and stage a recurrent one in Shakespeare, not only because he was dramatist, but also because himself an actor. He compares the world to a stage and all human beings to actors acting their allotted roles. The deeper meaning is that of the transience of life and the brief span of importance or fame that we as actors enjoy and ‘then are heard no more’ (Macbeth). The poet has divided life into seven stages spanning infancy to old age. Shakespeare’s profound knowledge of human life and acute observation can be seen here. The use of the word “creeping like snail” is a more than accurate description of the reluctance pf school-going children. The last stage of man’s life evokes a feeling of pathos all youthful passion spent, all ambition gone and man reduced to a mere shadow of himself, sinking into oblivion.