John Clare

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1793-1864

John Clare (1793-1864) was the son of a poor farming family and is considered England’s first working-class poet. His book Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery made him a brief literary celebrity. The fashion for rural poetry passed, however, and Clare’s work fell out of favour. Clare’s mental health deteriorated, and he spent the rest of his life institutionalized.

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