eclipse references in shakespeare!

i picked out the ones that were most relevant to a solar eclipse, since some of them were about lunar eclipses, and some were more metaphorical

In the most high and palmy state of Rome,
A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,
The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead
Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets;
As stars with trains of fire, and dews of blood,
Disasters in the sun; and the moist star
Upon whose influence Neptune’s empire stands
Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse.

— Horatio, Hamlet

If she come in, she’ll sure speak to my wife:
My wife! my wife! what wife? I have no wife.
O insupportable! O heavy hour!
Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse
Of sun and moon, and that the affrighted globe
Should yawn at alteration.

— Othello

No more be grieved at that which thou hast done:
Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud;
Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun,
And loathsome canker lives in sweetest bud.

— Sonnet 35

and there seems to be a theme in king lear:

“These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us.”
— Gloucester

“O, these eclipses do portend these divisions!”
— Edmund

“I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I read this other day, what should follow these eclipses.”
— Edmund

so basically… eclipses are portents of Bad Things Happening!

picking songs for a writing playlist is a fine balance between getting songs that are good/fit the theme but not too good because if they’re too good you can’t do anything but bask in their amazingness


I had promised a KiriBaku kid something like months ago, and tbh most of the reason why it took me this long is because I couldn’t pick between these two so?? In the end just have them both I guess - some info about them under cut, in case you wanna know more!!

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