John Clare Poems


- The Lifetime Published Poetry



The Village Minstrel


Clare’s second volume was published in 1821, soon after the fourth edition of Poems Descriptive.  It did not enjoy sufficiently good sales to justify a second edition, but it was reissued several years later.  It was published in two volumes, the first of which contained an engraving of the Hilton portrait of Clare as a frontispiece.  When the book was reissued, an engraving of Clare’s cottage in Helpstone, added as a frontispiece to the second volume, was the only alteration. 


Contents and Introduction

The Village Minstrel

Poems (Volume I)

Poems (Volume II)