The Pendant Shakespeare
The Phoenix and The Turtle
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Air Date May 18, 2009
Written by

William Shakespeare

Directed by David Alexander McDonald
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In addition to an allegory of an ideal marriage, the poem can be seen as an elucidation of the relationship between truth and beauty, or of fulfilled love, in the context of Renaissance Neoplatonism. Shakespeare introduces a number of other birds, drawing on earlier literature about the "parliament of birds", to portray the death of the lovers as the loss of an ideal that can only be lamented. [1]


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The Phoenix and The Turtle - Poem Text


  • The Phoenix and The Turtle was the last episode of The Pendant Shakespeare to be produced prior to it's hiatus on May 18, 2009.
  1. Excerpt courtesy of Wikipedia.