A Shepherd seeking with his Lass


The Shepherd Piping to the Fishes.

Primary Text:

No MS; 1713 Misc, 27-9.

Secondary Eds:

Rpt of 1713: 1903 Reynolds, 173-4; rpt of 1903 Reynolds: 1930 Fausset, 78-9.


La Fontaine, "Les Poissons et Le Berger qui joue de la Flute," X, 10, 286-7.


La Fontaine's verse narrative turned into a series of stanzas. La Fontaine's sly erotic pastoral becomes a "jumping off point" for a L'Estrange-like political fable (minus the sex). Finch's patterning has obscured the value of the poetic impulse towards otium and eroticism..
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