Selected Poems of John Clare, Volume 1

John CLARE (1793 - 1864)

John Clare (1793 - 1864) was a farm labourer in the village of Helpstone, Northamptonshire, who became arguably England’s greatest nature poet. He rose to fame when his ‘Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery’ was published in 1820. His language preserves many local dialect words in a mixture of classical forms and heart-felt love of country life and nature. The poems in this collection are from his early career, and are largely free of pointers to his later mental illness. (Summary by David Barnes).

Genre(s): Poetry

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Setting Sun David Barnes
00:01:16
Play 02 A Scene David Barnes
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Play 03 The Harvest Morning David Barnes
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Play 04 Noon David Barnes
00:03:58
Play 05 What is Life? David Barnes
00:02:17
Play 06 Summer David Barnes
00:01:12
Play 07 Ballad David Barnes
00:01:23
Play 08 To My Cottage David Barnes
00:01:13
Play 09 Joys of Youth David Barnes
00:01:16
Play 10 The Meeting David Barnes
00:01:32
Play 11 Winter David Barnes
00:01:18
Play 12 Sudden Shower David Barnes
00:01:14
Play 13 Careless Rambles David Barnes
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Play 14 Bloomfield (I) David Barnes
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Play 15 Woodland Thoughts David Barnes
00:01:23
Play 16 The Heath David Barnes
00:02:48
Play 17 Winter in the Fens David Barnes
00:02:14
Play 18 Sabbath Bells David Barnes
00:02:35
Play 19 An Idle Hour David Barnes
00:01:15
Play 20 Winter Fields David Barnes
00:01:22