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Sonnet ­ John Clare

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14 line love poem, usually composed with iambic pentameter and a set, quite complex rhyme
scheme that might be along the following lines

ABBA CDDC EFFE GG
ABAB CDCD EFEF GG

Tends to use small metaphors (i.e. standard)

Sonnet
John Clare
Son of agricultural labourer in Shropshire - mid 18th…

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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…

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

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