Apr. 12th, 2007

foudebassan: (French)
Let me begin by saying that Corneille is by no means the best, nor the most well-known poet of his time – that would probably be Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695). His fables (moralistic tales in verse), inspired by Esope, are force-fed to each and every school-child, and his dirty verses are discovered with no little glee by the same children when they reach the level of education where the classics come in complete and unabridged versions.

But I had a sound-track for this poem, so Pierre Corneille (1628-1684) it is )

Next time (though, again, perhaps not tomorrow) : André Chénier.

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