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The Fish and the Shepherd Who Played on the Clarionet

"The Fish and the Shepherd Who Played on the Clarionet" is a tale of enchantment and mystery written by Jean de La Fontaine. This captivating narrative revolves around the interaction between a shepherd who plays a clarionet and a fish that is lured by the music. The shepherd uses music as a means to communicate, his clarionet enabling him to form an extraordinary relationship with the fish. The book integrates elements of magical realism and elucidates on themes of friendship, communication, and the power of music, presenting them through La Fontaine's signature blend of humor and humanity.


Genre: Fable
Year:
1668
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Tircis, for his loved Annette Playing on the Clarionet, Poured forth strains of music, such As the very dead might touch:-- Played and sang beside a stream Which through the meadows flowed like some delicious dream. Meanwhile, Annette, demure and pretty, With rod and line, on fishes bent, Stood, listening unto Tircis' ditty, Which failed to lure them from their element. Still Tircis sang, "Come, come, ye fishes, come: Come from the cool depths of your watery home; Forsake your naiad, and see one more fair: Surrender all your lives to Annette's care! She is gentle, she is kind; In her keeping you will find Your lives more safe than down below. Safe in a crystal pool, no want you'll know. And should you in her keeping die, Your fate I'd suffer willingly." Now this song was well sung, and the instrument's strains Were deliciously sweet, but, in spite of his pains, The fishes avoided the charmer's keen hook. Then Tircis lost patience, and hastily took A net called a trammel, and, sweeping the stream, Placed at Annette's disposal trout, greyling, and bream. Oh, shepherds of men, and not of sheep; Kings, who think you can safely keep Your subjects in order by rule of right, Attend to my counsel, and spread out your nets, Before the time comes for forlorn regrets, And let them cringe, under the rule of might.
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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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