Tag Archives: John Clare

John Clare, The Trespasser: A Graph Review

John Clare, The Trespasser.   By John Goodridge and R K R  Thornton A Graph Review:  high marks to 70s     Published by Five Leaves Publications.      2016.      Paper £6.99 10 pages of notes and 3 on further reading in … Continue reading

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Poems for April

Poems for April. April may have been overtaken by May and Spring is now sliding into Summer so apologies for being a laggard.  Or maybe I can claim to be presumptious for 2018!   Another small selection for the seasons covering  … Continue reading

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Christmas: Excerpt from ‘The Shepherds Calender’

excerpt from The Shepherds Calender,      John Clare 1793 – 1864   Christmas is come, and every hearth Makes room to give him welcome now. E’en want will dry its tears in mirth And crown him wi’ a holly bough, Though … Continue reading

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A trio of Thistles: three poems by three poets

Thistles                                                                       by John Clare        1793- 1864 Where the broad sheep walk bare and brown With scant grass pining … Continue reading

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St Martin’s Eve by John Clare

St Martin’s day is the 11th November and taken as the feast day of the saint, Martin of Tours, particularly noted as 11th minute of 11th hour of the eleventh day, eleventh month.  (See Brewers Phrase & Fable) In England, … Continue reading

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visiting Milton’s Cottage

Well, last weekend I was visiting Clare’s Cottage at Helpston and five days later I visited Milton’s Cottage in Chalfont St Giles. Two cottages, two poets, almost two centuries apart but each has a cottage they lived in preserved for … Continue reading

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Visiting the John Clare Festival 2016

At Helpston: organised by the John Clare Society  http://johnclaresociety.blogspot.co.uk/ The ‘Midsummer Cushion’ tradition is now continued the nearest weekend to Clare’s birthday when the John Clare Society hold their festival three-day weekend in his honour. These days the ‘cushions are … Continue reading

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