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Celebrating nature, mourning lost landscape: England’s ‘awkward’ poet John Clare

John Clare, that widely admired 19th century poet of nature, who also wrote about countryside used by ordinary people that was lost to land enclosures, died on 20 May 1864, and this year marks the 160th anniversary of his death. Here’s a seasonal poem by Clare, that was posted by long-time admirer Roger Arborfield on the John Clare Poet Facebook page earlier this month:

 

How beautiful May and its morning comes in!

Th...

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