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The Lion Going to War

"The Lion Going to War" is one of the fables collected in the classic collection by French author Jean de La Fontaine. The story involves a Lion King who decides to declare war on the other animals, embodying the absolute power of a ruler. However, as the story evolves, the king realizes the importance of wisdom over brute strength. The narrative is known for its political overtones and moral teachings, utilising allegorical animal characters to teach valuable lessons on strategy, diplomacy, and leadership.

Genre: Fable

Submitted by davidb on September 28, 2023

Lion planned a foray on a foe; Held a war-council; sent his heralds out To warn the Animals he'd strike a blow; Soon all were ready to help slay and rout-- Each in his special way. The Elephant, To bear upon his back the baggage and supplies, And right, as usual. Then the Bear, to plant The flag upon the breach. The Fox's eyes Brighten at thought of diplomatic guile. The Monkey hopes to dupe with endless tricks. "But send away the Asses," says, meanwhile, Some courtier, in whose mind the fancy sticks; "They're only stupid. Pack off, too, the Hares." "No, not so," said the King; "I'll use them all: Our troop's imperfect, if they have no shares. The Ass shall be our startling trumpet call; The Hare is useful for our courier, mind." Prudent and wise the King who knows the way For every subject fitting task to find. Nothing is useless to the wise, they say.
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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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