John Clare: Her I Love

William-Adolphe Bouguereau - Petite fille au bouquet (1896) - from Art Renewal Center

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – Petite fille au bouquet (1896) – from Art Renewal Center

My next choice is a beautiful poem found in the part titled “Songs and Ballads” of Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, John Clare’s first collection of poetry, published in 1820. I use the transcription given by Simon Sanada in his John Clare Poems: The Lifetime Published Poetry (the 2009 online edition of all four of Clare’s books of poetry published in his lifetime). 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…

John Clare: Asylum Poems

William Hilton - John Clare (1820) - National Portrait Gallery NPG 1469

William Hilton – John Clare (1820) – National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 1469

John Clare (b. 13th July, 1793; d. 20th May, 1864) was an English farm labourer and poet. According to his biographer Jonathan Bate, Clare was “the greatest labouring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self.” CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…