First Love By John Clare

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First Love

         By John Clare

This is a poem about love. The writer John Clare wrote this poem in the 19th Century and worked from the age of seven on a farm as a farm labourer.

    The particular day he refers to in the poem is when he saw a beautiful woman and he felt for the first time the emotion of love. He describes how his emotions were in total turmoil and left him unable to walk.    

                                                “My legs refused to walk away”

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He also tells the reader how futile the hope of his love is when he says,

                                           “My life and all seemed turned to clay.”

    In the second verse, John Clare explains to the reader that when he sees her everything turned to darkness.

                                               “Seemed midnight at noonday”

John Clare writes about the physical ...

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