The Fables of La Fontaine by Jean de La Fontaine

The Fables of La Fontaine

byJean de La Fontaine

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The indulgence with which some of my fables have been received has induced me to hope that this present collection may meet with the same favour. At the same time I must admit that one of the masters of our eloquence[2] has disapproved of the plan of rendering these fables in verse, since he believes that their chief ornament consists in having none; and that, moreover, the restraints of poetry, added to the severity of our language, would frequently embarrass me, and deprive most of these narratives of that brevity which may be styled the very soul of the art of story-telling, since without it a tale necessarily becomes tame and languid. This opinion could only have been expressed by a man of exquisite taste, and I will merely ask of him that he will in some degree relax it, and will admit that the Lacedemonian graces are not so entirely opposed to the French language, that it is impossible to make them accord.

Title:The Fables of La FontaineFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 21, 2016Publisher:Jean de La FontaineLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:8892547666

ISBN - 13:9788892547667

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