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Why is the Nightingale in a Pomegranate Tree?

  • Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning 1200 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe, NM, 87505 United States (map)

Shakespeare never mentions a bird, a plant, a tree, a gem, an herb, a goddess, a mythological character, etc., without pulling in the underlying significance of that item. In this conversational lecture, we'll examine a variety of examples of Shakespeare’s symbolism so we not only learn to see the fertile layers, but recognize when one needs to dig deeper. It can be quite thrilling to discover the hidden meanings of the poetry and recognize how understanding it not only enriches the work but also our appreciation for the author.

Robin Williams spent a lifetime writing computer and graphic design books, then formalized her long study of Shakespeare with an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brunel University London in Shakespeare studies. She is cofounder of the International Shakespeare Center and Director of She designs and edits the Shakespeare plays specifically for people reading the works out loud and in community. Her most recent course for RENESAN was “‘To Be or Not To Be—What Does it Mean, Anyway?” and included a visit to Shakespeare’s First Folio in Spring 2016 to learn how such a book was created in 1623.

Fee: $10 at the door
Payable to RENESAN

Earlier Event: March 6
The Greatness of King Lear