John Clare – The nature of humanity and the Sacred in Nature

There is almost no other poet that stirs emotion in me as much as he who was affectionately known as the Peasant Poet, John Clare. Clare’s poetry is infused with a language as textured in tone and hue as the countryside he describes with such unsentimental affection. The jagged rhyming couplets of The Badger drive … More John Clare – The nature of humanity and the Sacred in Nature

Ode to a Fallen Elm and our communal Kith (A poets lament on the privatization of the natural world)

The Enclosures were a series of United Kingdom Acts of Parliament which enclosed open fields and common land in the country, creating legal property rights to land that was previously considered common. Between 1604 and 1914, over 5,200 individual Enclosure Acts were put into place, enclosing 6.8 million acres.   Prior to the enclosures in England, a … More Ode to a Fallen Elm and our communal Kith (A poets lament on the privatization of the natural world)