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Poetry Anthology Project

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Courtney Cabarris

on 31 October 2012

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Background Information The End! John Clare (1793 - 1864) was born to a poor, working class family in England. His life as an uneducated peasant farmer was one of constant struggle and hardships, yet his poetry is wonderfully inspiring. John was a "poetic environmentalist," in awe of the natural world, and nature is the theme of much of his work. His poetic talent earned him access to London’s literary circles, though his inferior social standing kept him from ever truly joining its ranks. Tragically, John spent the last twenty years of his life in a mental asylum, though he continued to write and produce poetry that some critics laud as some of the 19th century’s best work. I hid my love when young till I
Couldn't bear the buzzing of a fly;
I hid my love to my despite
Till I could not bear to look at light;
I dare not gaze upon her face
But left her memory in each place;
Where'er I saw a wild flower lie
I kissed and bade my love goodbye.

I met her in the greenest dells,
Where dewdrops pearl the wood bluebells;
The lost breeze kissed her bright blue eye,
The bee kissed and went singing by,
A sunbeam found a passage there,
A gold chain round her neck so fair;
As secret as the wild bee's song
She lay there all the summer long.

I hid my love in field and town
Till e'en the breeze would knock me down;
The bees seemed singing ballads o'er,
The fly's bass turned to lion's roar;
And even the silence found a tongue,
To haunt me all the summer long;
The riddle nature could not prove
Was nothing else but secret love. I Hid My Love Bade- Utter (a greeting or farewell) to

Dells- A small valley, usually among trees

Bluebells-1.A widely cultivated European woodland plant of the lily family that produces clusters of bell-shaped blue...
2.Any of a number of other plants with blue bell-shaped flowers, in particular the bell flower and the Virginia bluebell.

Ballads-a narrative composition in rhythmic verse suitable for singing Challenging Vocabulary I hid my love when young till I
Couldn't bear the buzzing of a fly;
I hid my love to my despite
Till I could not bear to look at light;
I dare not gaze upon her face
But left her memory in each place;
Where'er I saw a wild flower lie
I kissed and bade my love goodbye. Stanza 1 Stanza 2 I met her in the greenest dells,
Where dewdrops pearl the wood bluebells;
The lost breeze kissed her bright blue eye,
The bee kissed and went singing by,
A sunbeam found a passage there,
A gold chain round her neck so fair;
As secret as the wild bee's song
She lay there all the summer long. Poetry Anthology Project Courtney Cabarris "I Hid My Love" by John Clare stanza 3 I hid my love in field and town
Till e'en the breeze would knock me down;
The bees seemed singing ballads o'er,
The fly's bass turned to lion's roar;
And even the silence found a tongue,
To haunt me all the summer long;
The riddle nature could not prove
Was nothing else but secret love. Meaning of stanza 1 John Clare is basically saying that he had hid and ignored his love for this girl for so long that things started to irritate him easily. Meaning of Stanza 2 In this stanza he uses a lot of imagery. The whole stanza is imagery and Clare is basically talking about where he met her and it was in the summer time when the sun was just right shining on her hair and how beautiful she looked. Meaning of Stanza 3 Clare was saying how he hid his love wherever he went so it was a secret to everyone but he could not keep it a secret because it was so obvious that people could just tell. Overall Theme The overall theme of this poem was love and being able to tell the difference between like and love. Rhyme Scheme The rhyme scheme is; aa, bb, cc, dd, ee, ff, gg, hh, ii, jj, kk(slant), ll(slant)
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