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Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Old Year by John Clare

The Old Year

The Old Year’s gone away
To nothingness and night:
We cannot find him all the day
Nor hear him in the night:
He left no footstep, mark or place
In either shade or sun:
The last year he’d a neighbour’s face,
In this he’s known as none.
All nothing everywhere:
Mists we on mornings see
Have more substance when they’re here
And more of form than he.
He was a friend by every fire,
In every cot and hall -
A guest to every heart’s desire,
And now he’s nought at all.

Old papers thrown away,
Old garments cast aside,
The talk of yesterday,
All things identified;
But times once torn away
No voices can recall:
The eve of New Year’s Day
Left the Old Year lost to all.

John Clare (1793-1864)


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  2. A great poem to start off the New year :)

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog today and leaving a comment! I love that poem that you posted -- in fact, there's a wonderful novel by Alan Foulds that "about" the poet John Clare. It's called The Quickening Maze and came out in 2010 -- brilliant read --

  4. lovely. such a good poem to start the year with

  5. Clare's a wonderful poet. Although I'm pretty familiar with his work, I hadn't seen this one before. So, thank you, and Happy New Year!

  6. I've never read or heard this poem before...

  7. this calender can be used in evryyear cause the year isnt showing only the date is showing..

    Salwar Kameez

  8. and so we leave the old year behind and forward the now.

  9. love this idea for a blog! john clare is a fave too xx

  10. Never heard of John Clare before, but I'm definitely a fan of this.

  11. inspiring. I'll think of this when I try to motivate myself to be less "bum-like"

  12. Very nice blog, beautiful writing!
    Happy New Year!!
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  13. I had already read John Clare but somehow not this one, it's beautiful, thanks for sharing

  14. That's a very cool poem.

  15. lovely poem
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