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on 22 January 2011
This is a great book of around one hundred and fifty poems. There are notes and text about both the life of Clare and his poems, distributed throughout the pages of the book. Asterisks in the text point to a large collection of notes at the end of the poetry.
His poems range from beautiful observation of minute natural detail through the range of experience, as apart of his development in life. He died in Northampton Lunatic Assylum. The poems at the end of the collection show that development and some are almost unbearably sad,an example being 'Song' on page 356
'My old lover left me I knew not for why'
It is written from a female point of view. Does it reflect his break from Mary? but from her point of view. The fact that he never recovered from that separation is evident in the poems.
There is also an unanswered question:-
Clare was born into a poor agricultural Life. His parents barely literate. Agricultural wages were very low; how did he acqurire the funds to develop such reading expertise by age thirteen?
A final twist in his puzzle is the last poem entitled 'To John Clare', but, 'to which John Clare?' you will ask.
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VINE VOICEon 15 April 2003
John Clare's poetry is beautiful. The stresses of life in the country - a laborious existence for the average worker made worse by the avarice of the upper classes and pernicious systems such as field enclosure - are evident in his poetry. But his love for and awe of nature are also clear, illuminating the harsh realities and providing a picture of natural life which is not less beautiful for being real. Clare's work should be more widely read, especially in an age in which even English literature teaching has begun to recognise the validity and worth of non-standard forms of language. His view of country life as well as his idiosyncratic use of language make his work invaluable to be read alongside other writers, such as the Romantic poets Wordworth and Keats. Primarily, however, Clare needs to be enjoyed in his own right.
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on 16 February 2012
what a great collection of poetry. The introduction is fantastic and offers insight into the troubled life of Clare. His poems are awe inspiring, not through anything but pure romanticism of how things truly are, not trying to find any metaphor in how a bird sings or a marigold flower appears, but just the pure joy of its presence. Super!
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on 26 March 2009
I knew very little about John Clare, other than that he had written some poetry and spent much of his life in an asylum.
This particular edition presents many aspects and subjects of Clare's work. This is enhanced by an extremely useful introduction by John Bate.
Not least, is his trying to recreate what Clare did write, as opposed to frequent editions in the past that lost much of the meaning/sympathy of Clare's work.
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on 22 June 2015
It's a good collection of poems by John Clare, including a fairly detailed and very interesting history of his life. Not all the poetry is to my taste, but there are some truly lovely works in there for lovers of the English countryside and how it differs from season to season.
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on 19 July 2014
I am new to Clare and his poetry and this book is most informative about his life and times.
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on 4 June 2015
A lovely selection, making pleasant reading.
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on 14 September 2015
An Interesting but slightly depressing book
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on 3 August 2015
A present for my wife , who seems to enjoy.
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on 29 April 2015
lovely selection in fair condition
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