What is fable?

  • (noun): A story about mythical or supernatural beings or events.
    Synonyms: legend
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Fable is a literary genre. A fable is a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities such as verbal communication), and that illustrates or leads to an interpretation of a moral lesson (a "moral"), which may at the end be added explicitly in a pithy maxim.

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Legendary Material In Christian Hagiography - Content and Sources
... Like the myth (the explanatory fable of nature) and the doctrinal fable, it has its independent religious and hortatory importance ... Hellenism had already recognized this characteristic of the religious fable ...
Notable Fables
... The Jataka Tales Henny Penny Aesop's Fables by Aesop The Boy Who Cried Wolf The Cock and the Jewel The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs Panchatantra by Vishnu. 800–900) The Fable of the Bees (1714) by Bernard de Mandeville Fables and Parables (1779) by Ignacy Krasicki The Emperor's New Clothes (1837) by Hans Christian Andersen Bunt (Revolt, 1922) by Władys ...
Schloss Britz - Milkmaid
... The sculpture depicts a crying girl with a broken milk jug, from the French fable Le pot à lait (The Milk Pan) from the 17th century writer Jean de La Fontaine ... This fable was transferred into a German version Die Milchfrau (The Milkmaid) by the author Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim in the 18th century ... The fable reflects upon the futility of daydreams without recognizing reality or the facts ...
Smart's Fables - Contents
... Fable I ... The Wholesale Critic and Hop-Merchant 17??, publ ...
The Taill Of The Cok And The Jasp - Fable
... Of all the thirteen taillis, the Cok and the Jasp most pretends to be like the static and conventional re-tellings more usual in fable genre ... Henryson's innovation and development from his sources chiefly involve presenting an unusually well-rounded, imaginatively realised figure of the cok in a specific and concretely drawn setting ...

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    In spite of the air of fable ... the public were still not at all disposed to receive it as fable. I thence concluded that the facts of my narrative would prove of such a nature as to carry with them sufficient evidence of their own authenticity.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

    But there’s another knowledge that my heart destroys
    As the fox in the old fable destroyed the Spartan boy’s
    Because it proves that things both can and cannot be;
    That the swordsmen and the ladies can still keep company;
    Can pay the poet for a verse and hear the fiddle sound,
    That I am still their servant though all are underground.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)