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John Clare: I Love to See the Summer Beaming Forth


I love to see the summer beaming forth

And white wool sack clouds sailing to the north

I love to see the wild flowers come again

And mare blobs stain with gold the meadow drain

And water lilies whiten on the floods

Where reed clumps rustle like a wind shook wood

Where from her hiding place the Moor Hen pushes

And seeks her flag nest floating in bull rushes

I like the willow leaning half way o’er

The clear deep lake to stand upon its shore

I love the hay grass when the flower head swings

To summer winds and insects happy wings

That sport about the meadow the bright day

And see bright beetles in the clear lake play

John Clare (1793-1864) was born in the Northamptonshire village of Helpston and attended school there until he was around eleven years old after which he was largely self-taught. Clare’s first book of poetry, Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (1820), was well-received, and his work was extremely popular with the public. In the 1830s, however, his popularity faded — a problem his publishers tried to correct by standardizing his verses into what they considered to be more contemporary poetic conventions. Clare wrote this Sonnet in 1841, the year before he was confined in the Northampton County Asylum where he spent the rest of his life.


3 comments on “John Clare: I Love to See the Summer Beaming Forth

  1. Lola Haskins
    August 2, 2021

    A familiar figure to my life ever since he and I went on a journey together… in my last book. Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare, U Pitt Press 2019.

    Lola Haskins

    Liked by 1 person

  2. anisioluiz2008
    July 20, 2016

    Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.


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