Anecdote Louis XIV – King of France and of Navarre, also known as the Sun King (1638—1715)

Louis XIV once solicited Nicolas Boileau's opinion of several poems which he had composed. Though hardly impressed with the king's poetry, Boileau, an honest man to a fault, was in a tight spot. What to say...? "Sire, nothing is impossible for Your Majesty," Boileau ventured tactfully. "Your Majesty has set out to write bad verses - and has succeeded!"

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