John Clare: Meet Me in the Green Glen

W. W. Law - John_Clare (1862) - from  Wikimedia Commons

W. W. Law – John Clare (1862) – from Wikimedia Commons

Another charming poem from Asylum Poems, the collection of verses written by Clare while he was interned in an asylum. The old poet has an appointment with his love at sunset in a beautiful valley. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

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Edgar Allan Poe: Annabel Lee

W.S. Hartshorn - Edgar Allan Poe (1848) - from "Famous People" collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZ62-10610]

W.S. Hartshorn – Edgar Allan Poe (1848) – from “Famous People” collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZ62-10610]

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19th, 1809 — October 7th, 1849) is an American writer known for the strangeness both of his writing and of his life. He was named Edgar Poe, the second child of two traveling stage actors; his father abandoned his family in 1810, and his mother died on December 8th, 1811. His father was also dead then, and Edgar was taken into the home of John and Frances Allan, who served as a foster family, though they never formally adopted him. From them he got his middle name Allan. The family moved to Great Britain in 1815, then back to Richmond, VA, in 1820, so Edgar was educated in both countries. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

John Clare: Maid of the Wilderness

František Kupka - Girl shading her eyes (c.1908) - J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

František Kupka – Girl shading her eyes (c.1908) – J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

I give here yet another love poem by John Clare from Asylum Poems, the fascinating collection of verses that he composed when he was interned in an insane asylum because of his schizophrenic hallucinations. Contrasting with his numerous sentimental poems, this piece is sensuous and wild; behind poetic images—and a silence—hides the poet’s fullness of heat and passion. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…