John Clare

John Clare was a Romantic poet who died in 1864. His work is well-regarded for his depictions of the English countryside, childhood, and his own suffering. Clare lived during a period of change in England, specifically the Agricultural revolution. His work is also known for its depth and thoughtfulness. Read more of John Clare’s Biography.

First Love

‘First Love’ by John Clare describes the sudden, overwhelming love a speaker feels for a woman he is seeing for the first time. 

I Am!

‘I Am!’ by John Clare is a powerful poem about a speaker’s struggle with depression, loneliness, and a desire to find peace in Heaven. 

The Dying Child

‘The Dying Child’ describes a child who is unable to die during springtime but unfortunately, whose circumstances change when winter comes.

The Secret

‘The Secret’, a poem by the English poet John Clare speaks on a speaker’s secrecy of feelings concerning a lady. This piece glorifies the beauty of the lady and the speaker’s dedication to her.

The Yellowhammer’s Nest

‘The Yellowhammer’s Nest’ by John Clare describes the beautiful and brutal world in which a yellowhammer makes its nest and lays its eggs.

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