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Monseigneur the Dauphin

"Monseigneur the Dauphin" by Jean de La Fontaine is not a stand-alone book, but rather a dedication in the author's larger collection of works, Fables. The dedication is addressed to the Dauphin of France, the son of King Louis XIV. The Fables are composed of various short stories with moral lessons, usually featuring animals as main characters. They are renowned for their wit, humor, and keen observations of human nature.

Genre: Fable

I sing the heroes who call Æsop father, Whose history, although deceitful rather, Some truths and useful lessons, too, contains. Everything finds a tongue in these my strains; And what they say is wholesome: now and then My animals I use as texts for men. Illustrious branch of one the gods hold dear, And by the whole world held in love and fear, He who the proudest chiefs at once defies, And counts the days by glorious victories, Others will better tell, and higher soar, To sing your mighty ancestors of yore; But I would please thee in a humbler way, And trace in verse the sketches I essay; Yet if to please thee I do not succeed, At least the fame of trying be my meed.
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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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