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Love and Folly

"Love and Folly" by Jean de La Fontaine is a collection of delightful, crisp, predominantly animal-themed fables or tales, showcasing harsh realities of human nature. Through storytelling, La Fontaine uses satire and humor to impart wisdom and life lessons. He offers deep reflections on topics like love, politics, and human folly. This timeless, classic anthology was originally handwritten for the French elite of the 17th century yet maintains its relevance even in modern society.

Genre: Fable

All is mysterious with Love,-- His bow and arrow, torch, and wings. 'Tis not a day's work in a grove. To master these momentous things. Explain them my poor muse can not; My object is but, in my way, To tell of Cupid's wretched lot, And how he lost the light of day. Whether that fate be ill or well For those whom Cupid since has met, Lovers alone can rightly tell: I cannot, though I've felt his net. Folly and Love together played, One day, before he lost his sight; But yet, as people will, they strayed From friendship, and got stung by spite. Disputes are really melancholy! Love wanted all the gods and men As umpires; but impatient Folly Preferred it settled there and then; And gave poor Cupid such a blow, That both his pretty eyes were seared. For blessed sight gave blindness--lo! Their heaven's blue brightness disappeared. His mother, Venus, heard his grief, And cried for vengeance, like one mad, On Jove and Nemesis,--in brief, On gods of all kinds, good and bad. The case, she said, was very strong: Her blind son would require a stick And dog, to help him walk along. Alas! for cruel Folly's trick. The gods poor Cupid's case discussed,-- And boys and girls in love decide, Decreeing that it's only just, Folly should Love in future guide.
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Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine was a renowned French fabulist and one of the most famous poets during the French classical period. He was born on July 8, 1621, and died on April 13, 1695. Known for his literary style, he is best known for his "Fables", which are considered classics of French literature. His works were marked by his sophisticated style and moral substance, and his fables provided a scathing critique of French society during his time. more…

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