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Unit 3- The Seven Ages of Man November 29, 2011

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Watch The Seven Ages of Man read by men in each of the “seven ages” and write about them on your wiki´s page or here. Which one do you prefer? Why? What do you think about them? Would the seven ages of a woman be different?

1-FIRST AGE, THE BABY(the text,spoonfed)
2-SECOND AGE, THE CHILD
3-THIRD AGE, THE LOVER(after the song)
4-FOURTH AGE,THE SOLDIER
5-FIFTH AGE, THE JUDGE(after the conversation)
6- SIXTH AGE, THE ELDERLY
7- SEVENTH AGE, THE DEAD
8-(EIGHTH AGE, REINCARNATION)

Glossary
FIRST AGE
Mewling=crying Puking=vomiting/throwing up/being sick
SECOND AGE
Whining=complaining Satchel=school “briefcase” Crawling=moving slowly
Unwillingly=reluctantly/against their will (Notice the funny contrast between the “shining face” and “creeping unwillingly”)
THIRD AGE
Furnace=big oven Woeful=sad Eyebrow=forehead (nowadays, haired arch over the eye)
(Notice how ridiculous the renaissance lover looks)
FOURTH AGE
Oaths=swearing/solemn promises Bearded=with a beard Pard=leopard/panther (possible confusion with lion) Bubble=empty, deceptive Canon (cannon)
FIFTH AGE
Justice=judge (not in today´s British English) Belly=stomach Capon=chicken/castrated cockerel, bred for eating Lined=stuffed Saws=wise sayings Instances=explanations (not in today´s English)
SIXTH AGE
Lean=thin Slippered=with slippers Pantaloon=old-fashion trousers Pouch=wallet carried near the hips Hose=trousers (not in today´s English) Shrunk=made small
Shank=the part of the leg below the knee Treble=high sounds
SEVENTH AGE
Oblivion=forgetfulness

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2 Responses to “Unit 3- The Seven Ages of Man”

  1. Well, from my point of view the document about the seven ages of a man its quite hard and sad. Anyway I think its a real critical of our way through world.
    Reading carefully all the seven ages I definitely prefer the first one and the last one.(eight) I think the first age it’s the most priviliged. When we are babies we are fed and raised or spoiled by others. You cry, but in most cases is not because you have pain or you are worry about something, its just because you are a baby and its the only way you have to say “Hello, I’m here” Moreover you always will be cared by someone. On the other hand its supposed that all we have the eight age. I think if we can choose our reincarnation, I mean, if we can choose the person or the animal or the thing that we would like to be it will be a beautiful way to live other life whenever you don’t regret what you have chosen.

    The seven ages of a woman? Yes, it could be the same but replacing the soldier age for the transition from girl to woman (hard transition).

    Finally I want to share with you something I read in Dharamsala (the Dalai Lama’s town in India) two years ago and also related with our way through world.

    THE PARADOX OF OUR AGE
    We have bigger houses but smaller families;
    more conveniences, but less time;
    We have more degrees, but less sense;
    more knowledge, but less judgement;
    more experts, but more problems;
    more medicines, but less healthiness;
    We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
    but have trouble crossing the street to meet
    the new neighbor.
    We build more computers to hold more
    information to produce more copies then ever,
    but have less communication;
    We have become long on quantity,
    but short on quality.
    These are times of fast foods
    but slow digestion;
    Tall men but short character;
    Steep profits but shallow relationships.
    It’s a time when there is much in the window,
    but nothing in the room.

    The 14th Dalai Lama

    MONTSE GARCIA

    • Thank you for your comment, Montse. You have brought us a very nice poem, perhaps a starting point for a new interpretation of the seven ages of man, now that our life is rushed through the different stages…but reincarnation is an abstract idea and the eighth age is an artistic licence; a metaphor of the transformation of the poem into a modern mixed-art form. Ans yes, the soldier is not a feminine image. Perhaps a pregnant woman for the “mother´s” stage would be more appropriate.I´m glad you have bothered to read and produce feedback about this little gem.

      See the corrections below:Well, my point view the poem about the seven ages of a man is quite hard and sad. I´tsreally critical of our way through world.

      Reading carefully all the seven ages I definitely prefer the first one and the last one (eight). I think the first age is the most privileged. When we are babies we are fed and raised or spoiled by others. You cry, but in most cases it is not because you have pain or you are worried about something; it´s just because you are a baby and its the only way you have to say “Hello, I’m here” . Moreover, you will always be looked after by someone. On the other hand , it´s supposed that all we have the chance to reach the eighth age. I think if we can choose our reincarnation, I mean, if we can choose the person or the animal or the thing that we would like to be it will be a beautiful way to live another life whenever youregret what you have chosen.

      The seven ages of a woman? Yes, it could be the same but replacing the soldier with the transition from girl to woman (hard transition).

      Finally, I want to share with you something I read in Dharamsala (the Dalai Lama’s town in India) two years ago and also related with our way through world.

      THE PARADOX OF OUR AGE
      We have bigger houses but smaller families;
      more conveniences, but less time;
      We have more degrees, but less sense;
      more knowledge, but less judgement;
      more experts, but more problems;
      more medicines, but less health;
      We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
      but have trouble crossing the street to meet
      the new neighbor.
      We build more computers to hold more
      information to produce more copies then ever,
      but have less communication;
      We have become long on quantity,
      but short on quality.
      These are times of fast foods
      but slow digestion;
      Tall men but short character;
      Steep profits but shallow relationships.
      It’s a time when there is much in the window,
      but nothing in the room.

      The 14th Dalai Lama

      MONTSE GARCIA


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