At a glance:
- Author: John Clare
- First Published: 1820
- Type of Work: Poetry
- Genres: Poetry
- Subjects: Nature, Authors or writers, Nineteenth century, Rural or country life, Poetry or poets, England or English people, Romanticism, Peasantry or peasants
The curve of John Clare’s life—country-born and country-raised, enjoying literary success in London until the late 1820’s, ending his days in a madhouse—is important to appreciate in any reading of his poetry. Clare’s roots in the language and customs of the English countryside, more specifically of the little village of Helpstone on the borders of the Lincolnshire Fens, are immediately evident in his earlier poems, as are his extremely delicate perceptions, the totalism of a sensibility nearly always hovering on the edge either of ecstasy or of...
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