Key words£ºking, poem, honesty, truth  
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Genre£ºfolklore Topic£ºhonesty Words: 120
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One day the king showed his poems
to a learned man who found them poor.

The king and his poems

Author£ºUnknown Source£ºwww.de.dau.lv
Nation£ºUnknown Date£º2008-9-30



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A king was in the habit of writing poems which he himself thought perfect. Since he was a king, the people to whom he showed them didn't tell him the truth and praised them to the skies.

One day the king showed his poems to a learned man who found them poor. This made the king so angry that he sent the man to prison. Some time passed and he made up his mind to pardon the man.

When the man returned from prison the king invited him to dinner. Again he showed him his poems and again asked what lie thought of them.

The learned man turned to the guards who stood by and said, "Take me back to prison!"

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Discussion£º

1. What did the king think about his poems himself?

2. Who found the poems poor?

3. What did the king show to the learned man?

4. Did the learned man praise the verses?

5. What did the learned man mean by saying "Take me back to prison"?

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