Other literary forms
John Clare attempted little systematically except poetry. He left manuscript drafts of several unfinished essays, and part of what was intended as a natural history of Helpston. He wrote two lengthy autobiographical essays, one of which was published in 1931: Sketches in the Life of John Clare, Written by Himself. The other appeared in a collection of his prose in 1951. He also left one year of a journal in which he recorded his reading and his speculations on religion, politics, and literature. His best-known essay is probably his “Journey Out of Essex,” an account of his escape from an asylum and his harrowing journey home on foot with no food or shelter; it has been published several times.