What feelings do you think Shakespeare was trying to create through his use of diction, imagery, and detail in the first sentence of Richard III?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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You refer to this wonderful set of lines:

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

I think he was trying to create the following feelings:

Awe (for the profound language)

Curiosity (how can winter be made summer)

Anticipation (acute listeners will hear the pun of "sun")

And a kind of majesty, from the cadence.