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Selected Poetry of John Clare (1793-1864)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

And yet I am! and live with shadows tost
Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life nor joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life's esteems;
        (I am!, 6-10)
  1. Autumn
  2. The Dying Child
  3. I am!
  4. I Hid my Love
  5. The Skylark
  6. Summer
  7. Summer Images
  8. To John Clare

Notes on Life and Works

Biographical information

Given name: John
Family name: Clare
Birth date: 13 July 1793
Death date: 20 May 1864
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Parker Clare
          wife: Martha Clare (from 16 March 1820)
Education: Glinton school
Religion: Anglican
Patron: Marquis of Exeter
Literary period: Romantic
          Helpstone: 1793
          Northborough: May 1832
          Fairmead House: July 1837
          Northampton lunatic asylum: 1841 to 1864
Illness: Mental disease: 1835 to 1864
Cause of death: Apoplectic seizure
Buried at: Helpstone
First RPO edition: 1997