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All nature has a feeling

All nature has a feeling: woods, fields, brooks
Are life eternal: and in silence they
Speak happiness beyond the reach of books;
There's nothing mortal in them; their decay
Is the green life of change; to pass away
And come again in blooms revivified.
Its birth was heaven, eternal it its stay,
And with the sun and moon shall still abide
Beneath their day and night and heaven wide.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


Read poems about / on: happiness, birth, change, heaven, silence, nature, moon, green, sun, night, life

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  • Manohar Bhatia (9/12/2013 8:03:00 AM)

    John Clare, a master poet could have decribed Nature more in detail than through a perfunctory few words.I won't sing praise for this poem and at the ame time, I won't disown it.Well done John!
    Manohar Bhatia.

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  • Neisha Atkinson (3/13/2013 12:04:00 PM)

    well done! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Clare This poem gives me a sense of appreciation towards nature :)

  • Jide Pounds (9/12/2012 1:23:00 PM)

    this poem adds life to nature, so little in lines, so vast in expression..

  • Arturs Lusis (9/12/2012 2:48:00 AM)

    there's a mistake - 'Its birth was heaven, eternal IS its stay'

  • Arturs Lusis (9/12/2012 2:47:00 AM)

    there's a mistake - 'Its birth was heaven, eternal IS its stay'

  • Noreen Fonseca (9/12/2011 3:56:00 PM)

    A well written poem is in the eyes of the reader... well done: -)

  • Ian Fraser (9/14/2010 8:18:00 AM)

    This is not one of Clare's best poems. He is much better when describing nature in detail rather than trying to be Wordsworthian and philosophizing. Some of these descriptions, like 'Little Trotty Wagtail', for example are delightful, humorous and exact.

  • Ramesh T A (9/12/2010 2:23:00 AM)

    His praise of Nature is really overwhelming the heart!

  • Enitan Onikoyi (9/12/2009 5:17:00 PM)

    The beauty of nature, its glory untold.
    Its birth and death, goes on and on.
    Unending life, not just like man.

    Thanks John, you brought the work of nature into my life tonight.

  • Michael Pruchnicki (9/12/2009 2:06:00 PM)

    Anyone recognize this gem?

    our years seem darkened to a church for you
    in which your face alone shines through
    the air is thick with the remembered scent of you

    Is it 'flowery, cloudy (sic) nonsense'?

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