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He thought she was mad. In fact, she was his wife.

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On 28 December Clarfe was certified insane for the second time and admitted to Northampton General Lunatic Asylum. His wife seems never to have visited him. His friend William F Knight who helped him finish some poems between and left the vicinity. Yet the period after his march from Essex was highly productive. Solitary persons are sideing up the hedges and thrusting the brushwood in the thin places and creeps which the swine made from one ground or field into another and stopping gaps made in harvest by gleaners and labourers — the larks start up from the brown grass in the meadows where a couple of flutters and fights and drops out of sight as suddenly again into the grass.

The rawky mornings now are often frosty- and the grass and wild herbs are often covered with rime as white as a shower of snow.

The Stone Garden : Poems from Clare by Diane Fahey (2013, Hardcover)

In a closing chapter, Bate argues that it was not until the twentieth century that other writers started noticing such ordinary things for their own sake. Tall Nettles cover up, as they have done These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough Long worn out, and the roller made of stone: Only the elm butt tops the nettles now. This corner of the farmyard I like most: As well as any bloom upon a flower I like the dust on the nettles, never lost Except to prove the sweetness of a shower.

The discovery of Clare was one part of the alchemy that transformed Thomas…from prose writer to poet during the course of the First World War. Thomas learned from Clare how emotional intensity could be buried below apparently simplicity of natural description. I say this because there is an uneasiness in things just now. Waiting for something to be over before you are forced to notice it.

Clabbered sky. Seasons that pass with a rush.

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Sick now with bad weather Or a virus from the fens, I dissolve in a puddle My biographies of birds And the names of flowers. And he quotes from the poem that RS Thomas wrote in tribute on the bicentennary of his birth in It was love brought him, as it brings all of us in the end, face against glass, to demand brokenly of the anonymous: Who am I? At the opening Jonathan Bate said Clare had hugely influenced modern poets writing on the environment. His imagination is always grounded in a sense of place, which is a huge issue for modern poets — being universal by being local. Fame is but a fruit tree So very unsound.

It can never flourish Till its stock is in the ground.


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So men of fame Can never find a way Till time has flown Far from their dying day. Thanks for this, Gerry. For certain, he had internal sadnesses, perhaps even bouts of depression, but I suspect that for the most part, he was a sensitive man, easily moved to emotion in a world where it was regarded as unfashionable to be such a man. I still have more to investigate. The sheer evocation of nature these poems give is just so marvellous. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.

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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Account Options Connexion. Version papier du livre. John Clare: Poems of the Middle Period, John Clare. Completing the influential Oxford edition of Clare's collected poems, this volume presents the poems of the Northborough period of Clare's creativity.

As with other volumes in the edition, many of the poems have never before been published, and Clare's spelling, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary have all been carefully preserved. This final volume also includes corrections to the texts, variants, and notes in previously-published volumes in the series, along with a cumulative glossary and cumulative indices of first-lines and titles that will assist readers in their use of the edition as a whole.

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Clare's poetry deals not only with his own countryside, but also with its ceremonies and celebrations, its customs and games, its political, economic, and religious concerns, its proverbs, tales, and songs - indeed, with all aspects of its popular culture. The poems of the Northborough period are some of Clare's best work, demonstrating a particularly concise vision of Clare's experience of Nature. Peterborough MS A Peterborough MS B6.