Paperback Hesperus Poetry

By (author) Jean de La Fontaine, Translated by Gordon Pirie


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  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 194mm x 18mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843911728
  • ISBN 13: 9781843911722
  • Sales rank: 546,138

Product description

From 'The Ant and the Grasshopper' to 'The Hare and the Tortoise' and 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse', this is a wonderful and original collection of poems that retell some of the world's greatest and best-known fables. A cast of ignorant rats and sick lions, cunning foxes and greedy wolves, wise swallows and empty-headed tortoises among many others are used to convey morals for human life with humour and charm. These previously unpublished and unjustly neglected translations capture beautifully the rhythm and vitality of La Fontain's classic work.

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Author information

French poet Jean de La Fontaine (1621-95) is most famous as the author of the 'Fables', a collection of some 240 poems that appeared in twelve volumes between 1668 and 1694.