Michelet, The Bird
The Bird,” was first published in 1856. It has since been followed by “L’Insecte” and “La Mer;” the three works forming a trilogy which few writers have surpassed in grace of style, beauty of description, and suggestiveness of sentiment. “L’Oiseau” may be briefly described as an eloquent defence of the Bird in its relation to man, and a poetical exposition of the attractiveness of Natural History. It is animated by a fine and tender spirit, and written with an inimitable charm of language.