Jean de La Fontaine | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Kathleen Wine

This literature criticism consists of approximately 25 pages of analysis & critique of Jean de La Fontaine.
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Critical Essay by Kathleen Wine

SOURCE: "Viewing Romance in La Fontaine's Psyché," in L'Esprit Créateur, Vol. XXVIII, No. 4, Winter 1988, pp. 17-33.

In the following essay, Wine suggests that in Psyché, La Fontaine explored the limits of classical theories of perfect beauty and experimented with new forms of esthetics and style in his own writing.

In his epilogue to the first six books of the Fables, La Fontaine professes his need to restore his creative energies with a change of pace:

Il s'en va temps que je reprenne
Un peu de forces et d'haleine
Pour fournir à d'autres projets
Retournons à Psyche.1

Laying aside the instructive Fables, he again takes up his Amours de Psyché et de Cupidon,2 which he describes in his preface as aiming only at the...

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