“ Jean de La Fontaine, the Forgotten Poet.”
Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) is one of the most famous French poets. The teaching of his Fables and their morals, considered useful to educate youth, even spread to other countries in Europe in the 18th century. This wide acclaim, however, eclipsed the true talent of the poet: while popular culture today views him essenitally as a writer for children, a more astute reading of his works makes it possible to discern the spiritual poet who was so much admired in the salons of the 17th-century aristocrates. This lecture will be given by Thomas Morel, curator of the ancient art collections of the museums of Troyes; former director of the museum center for the Château-Thierry region, including the La Fontaine Museum. We will be received at the home of one of our members near the Élysée Palace. The address of the private residence will be conveyed to participants a few days before the event.
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