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Ignacy Krasicki (1735-1801) was hailed as 'The Prince of Poets' by his contemporaries. In 1779, sixty-five of his fables, which used contemporary events and human relations to show a course to guide human conduct, were published. These fables present a world where reason is valued over sentiment, true to the enlightenment ideal. But the rhymes also sugar coar a bitter mess ...more
Hardcover, 105 pages
Published December 10th 1997 by Hippocrene Books
(first published 1844)
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Aug 30, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Americans and Canadians of Polish Ancestry
Recommended to Czarny by: Malgorzata, my wife
Ignacy was a bishop and one of Polands's leading intellectuals in the Age of the Enlightenment. These verse Fables written in the style of Lafontaine's fables are a wonderful testament to the wit and intelligence of this remarkable man of culture.
I enjoyed reading these fables. I'd be curious if the author was English and translated them into Polish or vice versa as the English rhyming combinations were so perfect. My Polish, limited me to sounding out the words and trying to remember my Polish vocabulary from 15 years ago. I'll have to get my husband to read the Polish version and give feed back.