The Two Poets
from Fantastic Fables
by Ambrose Bierce
Two Poets were quarrelling for the Apple of Discord and the Bone of Contention, for they were very hungry.
"My sons," said Apollo, "I will part the prizes between you. You, "he said to the First Poet, "excel in Art - take the Apple. And you," he said to the Second Poet, "in Imagination - take the Bone."
"To Art the best prize!" said the First Poet, triumphantly, and endeavouring to devour his award broke all his teeth. The Apple was a work of Art.
"That shows our Master's contempt for mere Art," said the Second Poet, grinning.
Thereupon he attempted to gnaw his Bone, but his teeth passed through it without resistance. It was an imaginary Bone.