La Fontaine became excited by the poetry, or the passionate recitation, and for days did nothing but read and recite poetry.
In comparison to the work of La Fontaine they are the merest journalism.
It is needless to say that La Fontaine was beloved by Boileau, the all-loving.
All that is best in the genius of La Fontaine may be found in his Fables.
In 1664 La Fontaine published his first collection of fables, and it gave him immediately the very highest rank as a fabulist.
Pelisson bowed to the ground, and La Fontaine knelt as people do in churches.
We need concern ourselves only with the Fables, for it is on these that La Fontaine's fame securely rests.
A trait or two more, and there will have been enough of the man La Fontaine.
The verses of La Fontaine did more for his reputation than for his purse.
The basis of story in them was not generally original with La Fontaine.