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.
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... '