"I Am": The Selected Poetry of John Clare

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374528690
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 11/15/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 999,942
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

John Clare (1793-1864) lived all his life in rural Northamptonshire. He is widely celebrated as one of England's great nature and folklife writers.

Jonathan Bate is the author of Shakespeare and Ovid (1993) and The Genius of Shakespeare (1997). He is Leverhulme Research Professor and King Alfred Professor of English at the University of Warwick.

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