John Clare Poems


- The Lifetime Published Poetry     

The Rural Muse                                                                    


Clare’s fourth and final volume was published in July 1835 by a different publisher from his previous books.  The poems were chosen and edited from a large manuscript collection that Clare had drawn up for a proposed publication to be called The Midsummer Cushion.  Almost one third of the volume is taken up by 86 sonnets. 



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