John Clare Woodblock


Woodblock of John Clare

Just finished carving a woodblock of the poet John Clare. The above photo shows what it looks like before its inked for printing.  Previously, I had posted this poem about him:

                             TO JOHN CLARE
A caged bird who performed for society’s pleasure,
Who sweetly sang of meadows and the woodland rose
Now forever marred by the sins and folly of man.
O Eden’s Poet cruelly banished from his Garden,
Was it the loss of what you so dearly cherished;
Was the thought and burden too great to bear
That finally broke your spirit and your joy to sing?

( “To John Clare” © Poeticmeditation, 2012. All rights reserved. )


About poeticmeditations

A 19th-century romantic poet living in the 21st-century. The Romantic poets, nib pens, candlelight, waistcoats, and pocket watches are a few of my favorite things.
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