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In the following sentence, what does "o'ercast" mean? Please advise
Now is the summer of our sweet content, made o'ercast winter by these Tudor clowns ... an I that am not shaped for black-faced war...
Anthony the learner
Where does this come from. It sounds like a pastiche of Shakespeare:
Richard III, Ii1-2Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York
The squashing of 'overcast' into only two syllables is a rather lame attempt at preserving the metre.
As to the second one, I think it may be a more direct quote from Falstaff in one of the Henrys (with 'and' for 'an'). I leave tracing the exact line reference as an exercise for the reader.
first episode of the BBC television comedy Blackadder in part parodies the Olivier film, visually (as in the crown motif), Peter Cook's performance as a benevolent Richard, and by mangling Shakespearean text ("Now is the summer of our sweet content made o'ercast winter by these Tudor clouds ..."
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"Made overcast by clouds" makes more sense than "made overcast by clowns."
It sounds like clouds to me.
Shakespeare is well known for 'squashing' words into 1/2 syllables throughout his work in order to preserve the metre. I wouldn't exactly class it as a 'rather lame attempt'. :D
I had the misfortune of reading a great deal of Shakespeare in my first semester at university...It's daunting, but his word play is spectacular. :)
I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.
I was a bit unkind to Richard Curtis (the writer). When I appeared with him and Rowan on the Edinburgh Fringe his party piece was to do pastiches of Shakespeare. I admit it's prety good.
And perhaps that clowns/clouds doubt is intentional - reflecting Shakespeare's Sun/son pun.