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The Peacock Complaining to Juno

"The Peacock Complaining to Juno" is a captivating book by Jean de La Fontaine that is composed of fables in verse format. The main story revolves around a peacock who complains to Juno, the goddess of gods, about his inability to sing as beautifully as a nightingale. The underlying theme of the book is acceptance and learning that every being is unique and excellent in its own way. It encapsulates a profound philosophical and life-affirming lesson about covetousness and self-acceptance, making it an engaging read for both children and adults alike.

Genre: Fable

The Peacock to great Juno came: "Goddess," he said, "they justly blame The song you've given to your bird: All nature thinks it most absurd, The while the Nightingale, a paltry thing, Is the chief glory of the spring: Her note so sweet, and deep, and strong." "I do thee, jealous bird, no wrong," Juno, in anger, cried: "Restrain thy foolish pride. Is it for you to envy other's song?-- You who around your neck art wearing Of rainbow silks a hundred different dyes?-- You, who can still display to mortal's eyes A plume that far outfaces A lapidary's jewel-cases? Is there a bird beneath the skies More fit to please and strike? No animal has every gift alike: We've given you each one his special dower; This one has beauty, and that other power. Falcons are swift; the Eagle's proud and bold; By Ravens sorrow is foretold; The Crow announces miseries to come; All are content if singing or if dumb. Cease, then, to murmur, lest, as punishment, The plumage from thy foolish back be rent."
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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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