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John Clare

(13 July 1793 – 20 May 1864 / Northamptonshire / England)

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John Clare was an English poet, the son of a farm labourer, who came to be known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption. His poetry underwent a major re-evaluation in the late 20th century and he is often now considered to be among the most important 19th-century poets. His biographer Jonathan Bate states that Clare was "the greatest labouring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self".

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Early Life

Clare was born in Helpston, six miles to the north of the city of ... more »

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  • The land of shadows wilt thou trace
    And look nor know each other's face
    The present mixed with reasons gone
    And past and present all as one
    Say maiden can thy life be led ...
    John Clare (1793-1864), British poet. An Invite to Eternity (l. 25-32). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode...
  • ''Burning hot is the ground, liquid gold is the air;
    Whoever looks round sees Eternity there.''
    John Clare (1793-1864), British poet. Autumn (l. 11-12). . . Poets of the English Language, Vols. I-V. Vol. I: Langland to Spenser; Vol. II: Marlo...
  • ''I loved, but woman fell away;
    I hid me from her faded fame.
    I snatched the sun's eternal ray
    And wrote till earth was but a name.''
    John Clare (1793-1864), British poet. A Vision (l. 9-12). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Holl...
  • ''I lost the love of heaven above,
    I spurned the lust of earth below,
    I felt the sweets of fancied love,
    And hell itself my only foe.''
    John Clare (1793-1864), British poet. A Vision (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Holla...
  • He turns agen and drives the noisy crowd
    And beats the dogs in noises loud.
    He drives away and beats them every one,
    And then they loose them all and set them on.
    He falls ...
    John Clare (1793-1864), British poet. Badger (l. 33-40). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Holla...
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  • Imogen c (12/12/2007 5:04:00 AM)

    his poems to me are only surpassed by shakespeare. i think that he is one of the very best english poets and the fact that he wasnt some weathly little snob who sat lazzaly scralling out his veiws on the world like alot of the classic english poets were makes him so much more importaint. he actualy experinced a bloody awfull life and it seems that it makes him more credable and more real i mean when he talks about suffering he realy knows what he is talking about he was a awsome guy and yeah

  • Tod Mcgrath (12/5/2005 2:58:00 PM)

    John was a living legend although I thought he herded animals better than he wrote poems but that just my opinion and am a big fan of his labouring background this guy was a living legend but ermm he died...... Ermmm yeh go john! and as im a keen cannibal i would love to have a bite ov him if he was still alive but now hes dead the meat doesnt taste as fresh...... TOD MCGRATH......

  • Louise Birkhead (3/13/2005 2:07:00 PM)

    JOHN CLARE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! ! ! !

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