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ABBA CDDC EFFE GG
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Tends to use small metaphors (i.e. standard)
Sonnet
John Clare
Son of agricultural labourer in Shropshire - mid 18th - early 19th century
Self-taught poet
Contemporaries: Wordsworth, Blake, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Byron
All romantic poets i.e. they had particular views on nature. Most of them had been to very good
schools, apart from Blake.
Sonnet
A sonnet is a love poem written by a lover to a beloved.…read more

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He was an agricultural worker who was self-taught, hence simplicity of the form of the poem, which
matches the simplicity of the vision of nature as a benign force- could contrast this to 'Barnegat',
'Storm on the Island' + 'A Difficult Birth' or 'The Field Mouse' all of which portray a more violent or
ambiguous portrayal of nature.
Form
Broadly, a sonnet- therefore a sample evocation of the 'love' of nature- sonnet = love poem.
But it is even more simple as Rhyme.…read more

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Paul Dutton

A handy collection of notes for these sonnets. Contains information on structure and language.

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