I Am The Selected Poetry of John Clare

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ISBN-13: 9780374528690
Edition: 2003
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 11/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Hail, humble Helpstone ... Where dawning genius never met the day, Where useless ignorance slumbers life away Unknown nor heeded, where low genius tries Above the vulgar and the vain to rise. --from "Helpstone" "I Am": The Selected Poetry of John Clare is the first anthology of the great "peasant poet"'s remarkable verse that makes available the full range of his accomplishments. Here are the different Clares that have beguiled readers for two centuries: the tender chronicler of nature and childhood; the champion of folkways in the face of oppression; the passionate, sweet-tongued love-poet; and the lonely visionary confined, in old age and senility, to asylums.

Jonathan Bate was born June 26, 1958. He is a British biographer, broadcaster, and leading Shakespeare scholar. He studied at Sevenoaks School, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard University. At Cambridge, he was a Fellow of Trinity Hall. While studying at Harvard, he held a Harness Fellowship. Bate is a professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick. He was previously King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. He has also lectured at various universities in the United States. Bate is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature. Bate lives near Stratford-upon-Avon and is married to author and biography, Paula Byrne. They have three children.

A Chronology
A Note on This Selection
Early Poems
To the Fox Fern
Schoolboys in Winter
To an Infant Sister in Heaven
A Moment's Rapture While Bearing the Lovely Weight of A. S--r--s
A Ramble
Dedication to Mary
from Poems, Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (1820)
from Helpstone
What is Life?
Dawnings of Genius
Patty
The Primrose
The Gypsies' Evening Blaze
The River Gwash
The Meeting
from The Village Minstrel, and Other Poems (1821)
from The Village Minstrel
Song ("Swamps of wild rush-beds and sloughs' squashy traces")
To an Infant Daughter
Langley Bush
The Last of March (written at Lolham Brigs)
To my Cottage
In Hilly Wood
To Autumn
from The Parish
[Miss Peevish Scornful]
The Progress of Cant
The Overseer
from The Shepherd's Calendar (1827)
January
from March
from May
from June
from July [manuscript version]
from September
from October [manuscript draft]
from December
The Moors
from The Midsummer Cushion
Shadows of Taste
Childhood
The Moorhen's Nest
The Progress of Rhyme
Remembrances
Swordy Well
Emmonsails Heath in Winter
Love and Memory
The Fallen Elm
The Landrail
Pastoral Poesy
The Wren
Wood Pictures in Spring
The Hollow Tree
The Sand Martin
from The Rural Muse (1835)
from To the Rural Muse
Autumn
The Nightingale's Nest
The Eternity of Nature
Emmonsales Heath
Decay: A Ballad
The Pettichap's Nest
The Yellowhammer's Nest
The Skylark
First Love's Recollections
Summer Moods
Evening Schoolboys
The Shepherd Boy
Lord Byron
To the Memory of Bloomfield
Beans in Blossom
To De Wint
Sudden Shower
Stepping Stones
Pleasant Places
On Leaving the Cottage of my Birth
Poems Written at Northborough
To the Snipe
[The Lament of Swordy Well]
Snowstorm
Bumbarrel's Nest
Open Winter
[Double Sonnet on the Marten]
[Sonnet Sequence on Fox and Badger]
[Field-Mouse's Nest]
[Birds at Evening]
[Trespass]
Glinton Spire
Poems Written at the High Beach Asylum
A Walk in the Forest
London versus Epping Forest
The Gypsy Camp
Two songs and some stanzas from Child Harold: Song ("The sun has gone down with a veil on his brow")
[stanzas] ("Mary, thou ace of hearts, thou muse of song")
[song] Written in a Thunderstorm July 15th 1841
Don Juan: A Poem
Poems and Prose Written at Northborough, Between Two Asylums
Recollections of Journey from Essex [prose account]
Two songs for Child Harold: Song a ("I've wandered many a weary mile")
Song b ("Here's where Mary loved to be")
[Prose sketch]: "Closes of greensward"
[Lines Written on St Martin's Day, 11 November 1841, manuscript text]
Poetry Written While an Inmate of the Northampton General Lunatic Asylum
Graves of Infants
Stanzas ("Black absence hides upon the past")
To Mary
A Vision
Sonnet ("Poets love nature")
An Invite to Eternity
The Dying Child
The Invitation
Lines: "I Am"
Sonnet: "I Am"
Song ("True love lives in absence")
My Early Home Was This
The Winter's Spring
Sonnet: Wood Anemone
Sonnet: The Crow
Pleasant Sounds
Clock-a-clay
Childhood
To be Placed at the Back of his Portrait
The Yellowhammer
How Can I Forget
To John Clare
Birds' Nests
Glossary
Sources
Index

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