John Clare

John Clare
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ISBN 9780571274277 Format Hardback
Published 01/09/2011 Length 160 pages

About Book

In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the editors offer insights into their own work as well as providing an accessible and passionate introduction to the most important poets in our literature.

The birds are gone to bed; the cows are still,
And sheep lie panting on each old mole hill,
And underneath the willow's grey-green bough --
Like toil a resting -- lies the fallow plough.

-- Hares at Play

  • About John Clare

    John Clare (1793-1864), the 'peasant poet', worked as an agricultural labourer in Northamptonshire until a deterioration in his mental health saw him committed to an insane asylum. He published four volumes of verse, including Poems, Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (1820), and The Shepherd's Calendar (1827).

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  • Edited By: Paul Farley

    Paul Farley was born in Liverpool in 1965 and studied at the Chelsea School of Art. He has published three books with Picador: The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You (which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Award and a Forward Prize in 1998); The Ice Age (winner of the 2002 Whitbread Poetry Prize, and a Poetry Book Society Choice); and Tramp in Flames, which was short-listed for the international Griffin Poetry Prize. He has also written a book on Terence Davies's Distant Voices, Still Lives (British Film Institute, 2006) and in 2007 edited a selection of John Clare for Faber's Poet-to-Poet series. As a broadcaster he has made many arts and documentary programmes for radio and television, and has written four radio dramas. He also works as a teacher, and lives in north Lancashire.

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