Ages of Man – a traditional poem

By way of reposte to Bill Shakespeare’s ‘Seven Ages of Man’ (included as part of an earlier post), we found this delightful little traditional poem. However, it does beg the question, what about the Ages of Woman?

Ages of Man

As foolish as monkeys till twenty or more;
As bold as lions till forty or four;
As cunning as foxes till three score* and ten;
Then they become asses or something – not men.

At ten a child; at twenty wild;
At thirty tame if ever;
At forty wise, at fifty rich;
At Sixty good, or never.

* a score is twenty years…


About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to or
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One Response to Ages of Man – a traditional poem

  1. prerna shishodia says:

    a very very nice poem

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