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Careless Rambles by John Clare: A Selection of His Poems Chosen and Illustrated by Tom Pohrt
Born in 1793, John Clare lived and worked during the Golden Age of British poetry, the time of Shelley, Byron, Keats, and Coleridge. In the grand tradition of English nature writing, he stands alongside Wordsworth as a poet of extraordinary humanity and great spirit. Clare was 18 years old when the first Luddite riots occurred. He was deeply resistant to the first years of ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Counterpoint
(first published April 10th 2012)
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It is easy to take for granted the morning dew on a leaf, the bee that hums merrily in the summer, the sound of a rustling leaf, the song of a sparrow chirping, the whispers of the wind, or the dandelions in the field. Clare's poetry encompasses his knowledge of flora and fauna, his stark observations, and his knack for imagery; it's a reminder of how to live. His experiences of the natural world remove us from the humdrum of existence.
I was given this book of poetry as a gift and the accompanying comment that the book made her think of me. Even before I had read more than a handful of poems, I found myself smiling at that comment. Reading this book felt like prayer: like my mind and heart and soul were all sitting side by side, dipping their toes into the rivers of Clare's poetry, sitting at the base of his trees and on the crests of his hills or the walls that direct his lanes. This book invited me to a peaceful quiet and le ...more
John Clare was an English poet, in his time commonly known as "the Northamptonshire Peasant Poet", born the son of a farm labourer at Helpston (which, at the time of his birth, was in the Soke of Peterborough, which itself was part of Northamptonshire) near Peterborough. His poetry underwent a major re-evaluation in the late 20th century and he is often now considered to be one of the most importa ...moreMore about John Clare...