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Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library is a fascinating resource to browse. 
For example, you can find out about Shakespeare's kitchen by listening to a podcast  which is part of many podcasts about different aspects of Shakespeare and his life.

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Eclipses in Shakespeare's plays


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From the Folger Shakespeare blog:

Did you know? In 1598, during Shakespeare’s lifetime, England experienced a total solar eclipse, with the path of totality tracking from Cornwall in the southwest up to Aberdeen in Scotland.

As we in the twenty-first century prepare for the Great American Eclipse on Aug 21, let’s look at three of the ways Shakespeare used eclipses in his plays and poems:

1. An eclipse as an ill omen

“These late eclipses in the sun and moon
portend no good to us. Though the wisdom of
nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds
itself scourged by the sequent effects.”
—Gloucester in King Lear (1.2.109)

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