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A Week in Literary History

July 13th, 2002

English poet John Clare (Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, 1820) is born in Helpstone, Northamptonshire, 1793.

John Clare, b. July 13, 1793, d. 1864

clareat502.jpgPoor John Clare! A humble, entirely uneducated shepherd, he taught himself to read and write and then used his genuine poetic gift and tremendous memory to write lovely poems descriptive of nature and his Northamptonshire countryside. Polite society took him up for a time, and some patrons even granted him a small annuity. But he went out of fashion almost as quickly as he had come in, and this blow, coupled with financial difficulties, drove him mad. He spent most of the last three decades of his life in an insane asylum, where he continued to write beautiful poems.

Suggested Reading Poetry & Prose Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, 1820. The Shepherd’s Calendar; with Village Stories, and Other Poems, 1827. The Rural Muse, 1835. Selected Poems and Prose, 1966.

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