Those who know English would not have missed enjoying Shakespeare,.
If ever a Poet/Dramatist were to be found who could mirror emotions in simple powerful words it is the Bard of Avon.
I have some post on him.
The most famous of his lines in As You Like It‘ on the Stages of Man is a piece in itself.
I am reproducing this with out comments or explanations for in my view Shakespeare is best enjoyed with out some body disturbing.( excepting some like Bradley)
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”
If Shakespeare could do it,Tamil could do it better, in classifying the Chronological Age of man and Woman.
Tamil , a Language of antiquity, alive and kicking well, has made Life into an Art by its literature and its classification of Life in its Grammar.
Tamils have divide Life into two parts, one that deals with external activities expressed outwards, like War,Arguments,Valor,Philanthropy, called Puram(The term means ‘outside’).
Another is Aham(inside) which deals with emotions like Love, Despair.
Under Aham the chronological Age of Man and Woman has been taken to classify Ages.
பெண்களின் ஏழு பருவங்கள்:-(Seven Ages of Woman)
* 1 வயது முதல் 8 வயது வரை – பேதை-1-8 Pedha, an age when one does not know to distinguish things.
* 9 வயது முதல் 10 வயது வரை – பெதும்பை-9-10,Pedhubmai, can differentiate but not very clear.
* 11 வயது முதல் 14 வயது வரை – மங்கை-10-14,Mangai, has attained womanhood, but yet to fall in Love.
* 15 வயது முதல் 18 வயது வரை – மடந்தை14-18,Madanthai. has started to develop feelings of Love.
* 19 வயது முதல் 24 வயது வரை – அரிவை-19-24Arivai,has attained an Age where one has gone through the process of Love,separation.
* 25 வயது முதல் 29 வயது வரை – தெரிவை-25-29,Therivai, has loved, successful, or lost but knows Life.
* 30 வயதுக்கு மேல் – பேரிளம் பெண்-30+,has seen it all, either a Spinster,( mostly), mature.
ஆண்களின் ஏழு பருவங்கள்:(Seven Ages of Man).
* 1 வயது முதல் 7 வயது வரையிலான பருவம் – பாலன்-Balan,1-7 as in Woman.
* 8 வயது முதல் முதல் 10 வயது வரையிலான பருவம் – மீளி, Meeli,8-10 Forgetful yet can recall.
* 11 வயது முதல் 14 வயது வரையிலான பருவம் – மறவோன்11-14,Maravon,Fighter, does not forget.
*15 வயதிற்குண்டான பருவம் – திறவோன்-Thiravon,15 Years,Capable.
*16 வயதிற்குண்டான பருவம் – விடலை, Vidalai 16, Irresponsible in all walks of Life.
*17 வயது முதல் 30 வரையிலான பருவம் – காளை ,Kaalai, 16,Responsible in all affairs, including Life.
* 30 வயதுக்கு மேலான பருவம் – முதுமகன்.Mudhumagan,30+ .Mature.
Note that the stages of Man stops for Man after 14 Years and characteristics change year by year.
But women stay steadfast, relatively, which is a fact.
The names given to each stage expresses the meaning explained,