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Aesop’s Fables in Modern English Verse

12. The Bear and the Travelers

If you are looking for Aesop’s fables in modern English, look no further. Here are 51 fables freshly retold in modern English verse. Feel free to use these fables in your classroom or read them to your children.

I wrote these poems based on an English prose translation of Aesop’s fables. The poems contain rhythm (every even syllable is stressed) and rhyme (lines 2 and 4 of each stanza end-rhyme with each other). I wrote the stories using ballad stanzas, and at the end of each story is a moral, which I wrote with one heroic couplet.

1. The Fox and the Grapes
2. The Oak and the Reed
3. The Mice and Their Meeting
4. The Wolf and the Lamb
5. The Miller, His Son, and Their Donkey
6. The Crow and the Pitcher
7. The Peacock and Juno
8. The Sun and the North Wind
9. The Fox and the Monkey
10. The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion
11. The Oxen and the Axles
12. The Bear and the Travelers
13. The Fir Tree and the Bush
14. The Lion and the Three Bulls
15. The Stag at the Spring
16. The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
17. Jupiter and the Bee
18. The Proud Dog
19. The Blind Man and the Cub
20. The Milkmaid
21. The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs
22. The Boasting Traveler
23. The Boy and the Stream
24. The Fox and the Crow
25. The Peasant and the Apple Tree
26. The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf!’
27. Mercury and the Woodsman
28. The Father and His Sons
29. The Donkey in the Lion’s Skin
30. The Lion and the Mouse
31. The Jackdaw and the Pigeons
32. Jupiter and the Tortoise
33. The Boys and the Frogs
34. The Two Bags
35. The Olive Tree and the Fig Tree
36. The Gnat and the Bull
37. The Lion and the Boar
38. The Walnut Tree
39. The Frog Physician
40. The Shipwrecked Man and the Sea
41. Hercules and the Wagon Driver
42. The Dog in the Manger
43. The Lioness and the Vixen
44. The Belly and the Members
45. The Boy and the Filberts
46. The Mouse and the Bull
47. The Man and the Lion
48. The Tortoise and the Eagle
49. The Hare and the Hound
50. The Wild Boar and the Fox
51. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

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