"The fallow fields glitter like water indeed, And gossamers twitter, flung from weed unto weed..." from the Selected Poems of John Clare.

"The fallow fields glitter like water indeed, And gossamers twitter, flung from weed unto weed..." from the Selected Poems of John Clare.

.♥. The Shepherd's Calendar by John Clare 1827

.♥. The Shepherd's Calendar by John Clare 1827

John Clare Cottage  Widely regarded as one of the greatest of the English poets, John Clare lived in the village for his first forty years from 1793 until 1832.  http://www.clarecottage.org/

John Clare Cottage Widely regarded as one of the greatest of the English poets, John Clare lived in the village for his first forty years from 1793 until 1832. http://www.clarecottage.org/

The poet John Clare is celebrated each year by a commemorative custom whereby flower garlands known as cushions are placed around the poets grave at Helpston church near Peterborough. Local schoolchildren place the cushions and read their own poetic compositions, followed by singing and prayers. The custom is part of an annual John Clare Festival celebrating the poets life and work.

The poet John Clare is celebrated each year by a commemorative custom whereby flower garlands known as cushions are placed around the poets grave at Helpston church near Peterborough. Local schoolchildren place the cushions and read their own poetic compositions, followed by singing and prayers. The custom is part of an annual John Clare Festival celebrating the poets life and work.

"I found the poems in the fields and only wrote them down." - John Clare

"I found the poems in the fields and only wrote them down." - John Clare

Poetry - An English Romantic like Wordsworth known as the peasant poet who sings of the folk love and knowledge of nature. From 'Sabbath Bells - I've often on a Sabbath day Where pastoral quiet dwells Lay down among the new mown hay To listen distant bells That beautifully flung the sound Upon the quiet wind While beans in blossom breathed around A fragrance o'er the mind... '

Poetry - An English Romantic like Wordsworth known as the peasant poet who sings of the folk love and knowledge of nature. From 'Sabbath Bells - I've often on a Sabbath day Where pastoral quiet dwells Lay down among the new mown hay To listen distant bells That beautifully flung the sound Upon the quiet wind While beans in blossom breathed around A fragrance o'er the mind... '

Midsummer cushions around the grave of poet John Clare

Midsummer cushions around the grave of poet John Clare

Clare’s Cottage in Helpston, pictured in the early 1900s

Clare’s Cottage in Helpston, pictured in the early 1900s

Northborough Sonnets by John Clare

Northborough Sonnets by John Clare

John Clare's poems of peasant life should not be dismissed as naive and unliterary, says Adam Foulds

Adam Foulds on the poems of John Clare

John Clare's poems of peasant life should not be dismissed as naive and unliterary, says Adam Foulds

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