John Clare Biography
Birthday: July 13, 1793 (Cancer)
Born In: Helpston, England
John Clare was an English poet, belonging to the Romantic school, known for his vivid and lyrical descriptions of the rural English countryside. He is often referred to as a ‘peasant poet’ as he was a poor agricultural farm worker forced to live a life of obscurity, devoid of any joys of recognition. His poems were primarily about the beauty of nature, rural life, and suffering. He was born into a family of illiterate farm labourers and received little formal education. He himself started working as a farmer at an early age to support his family. Along with doing manual jobs, he started writing nature poetry describing the pristine beauty of rural England and of his sadness at its destruction. As a young boy, he fell in love for the first time with a girl named Mary whose wealthy father would not allow them to meet. The heartbreak further added to the hardships and tragedies he had already suffered in his young life. His first published volume of poems ‘Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery’ was well received and created a sensation. However, he was not destined to a life of fame or prosperity and could never again repeat the success with his other works.