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Seven Phases of Man’s Madness

Posted by themischord on November 6, 2007

Here is a parody of Shakespeare’s seven ages of man. Read it in good humour!

All the world’s a daze
And all the men and women merely pray-ers;
They have their triumphs and their tribulations
And one man in his time passes many phases
His madness maturing in seven stages. At first the irritant,
Quick and cutting, caring of no harm;
Then the irritated, with his temper
And frowning face, fumes around like a furnace
Unpleasantly in space. And then the presumptuous,
Aloof and assuming, with a tall list
Made of his discontents. Then the quick-tempered
Full of strange contentions, and a sword at hand
Extra hard on honour, strong and quick in self-defense,
Seeking the bubble reprisal
Even on a peaceful ground. And then an overt good-humoured,
Taking at ease, all things around
With new attitude to build the fair himself
Full of readiness to push and fall;
And so he passes this phase. The sixth phase shifts
Into the passive and dispassionate priest,
With an unassuming facade and welcoming stance
His hard-learnt rationale, well sav’d, a world too conflicting
For his sunked temperament, and with his accepted axioms,
Turning again into inconclusives, smiles
And smirks at his indiscretion. Not last of all (hopefully),
That follows this estranging phase,
Is the urge to turn mad in the literal sense;
Sans reason, sans rationale, sans r’epertoir, sans everything.

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3 Responses to “Seven Phases of Man’s Madness”

  1. bari said

    Wow, you really can write good monologues. Though I am pretty dense about this stuff, I can see that it is flowing pretty nicely. One thing I can see though is that you have made men as being a big pain in 6/7 stages :). Is one about woman coming soon as well? I am guessing you will paint them as angels in 6/7 stages :).

  2. Chaitanya said

    What makes u think it was about men?!!! So in seven stages of man, was Shakespeare being a sexist?

  3. bari said

    Not being a sexist or anything, but I said that because it is in the title and all the references are to man or his. Anyways, I was just kidding and I hope my statements did not come across in the wrong way. Also, it is just the perspective of one man (even if it is Shakespeare), who cares if he was sexist or not.

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