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John Clare was a Romantic poet who was born on July 13, 1793 and died on May 20, 1864. He was raised on a farm by his father, who was a field laborer and his mother, who was completely illiterate. Clare acquired only enough education to allow him to read and write. This is why Clare is sometimes known as "the peasant poet." The way Clare learned how to write in prose was by reading works from other poets such as
. In 1820, his
Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery
was published and became very popular. Clare was admitted into the High Beach Asylum in 1837 for depression and suffering from delusions, but that did not stop him from writing poetry. Some of his best works, such as
The Peasant Poet,
came from the time when he was committed
Clare escaped the asylum in 1841 and walked 80 miles home, which is described in his work titled
Journey Out of Essex.
Later in 1841, Clare was admitted into Northampton General Lunatic Asylum where he spent the rest of his 23 years of life, writing some of his best work.
The Peasant Poet
All Nature Has A Feeling
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