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The Bird Wounded by an Arrow

"The Bird Wounded by an Arrow" is a fable that highlights the cyclical nature of life and the interconnectedness of all beings. The plot revolves around a bird that is mortally wounded by an arrow. The twist is that the arrow was made from the bird's own feathers, symbolizing how individuals often contribute to their downfall. Jean de La Fontaine uses this narrative to discuss broader themes of human nature, destiny, and the inherent irony in life.


Genre: Fable
Year:
1668
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Submitted by davidb on September 28, 2023


								
A bird by well-aimed arrow shot, Dying, deplored its cruel lot; And cried, "It doubles every pain When from oneself the cause of ruin's ta'en. Oh, cruel men, from our own wings you drew The plume that winged the shaft that slew; But mock us not, you heartless race, You too will some time take our place; For half at least of Japhet's brothers Forge swords and knives to slay the others."
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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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