John Clare

(13 July 1793 – 20 May 1864 / Northamptonshire / England)

All Nature Has A Feeling - Poem by John Clare

All nature has a feeling: woods, fields, brooks
Are life eternal: and in silence they
Speak happiness beyond the reach of books;
There's nothing mortal in them; their decay
Is the green life of change; to pass away
And come again in blooms revivified.
Its birth was heaven, eternal it its stay,
And with the sun and moon shall still abide
Beneath their day and night and heaven wide.


Comments about All Nature Has A Feeling by John Clare

  • (6/28/2016 4:07:00 AM)


    Summing up the essence of ecology in nine lines, long before the scientific term was invented - well done, John Clare (Report) Reply

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  • Michelle Claus (9/12/2014 4:16:00 PM)


    Waxing meditative and sage about Mortality, as this poem ultimately does, mitigates its inherent insult. PoemHunter, there is a spelling error three lines from the bottom: *eternal it its stay.* (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2014 9:13:00 AM)


    Why do people offer praise and advice to someone who's been dead for 150 years? Methinks thou overestimate the powers of ye poemhunter.com. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (9/12/2014 4:06:00 AM)


    Insightful truth and perception interlace this gem of a poem, loved it 10 :) (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2014 3:37:00 AM)


    Indeed, how beautiful nature is! (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/12/2014 2:56:00 AM)


    Silence reveals many thing..nature silent whisperer (Report) Reply

  • John Pendrey (4/17/2014 6:23:00 AM)


    There is a misprint. The line should read:

    Its birth was heaven, eternal IS its stay,
    (Report) Reply

  • Manohar Bhatia (9/12/2013 8:03:00 AM)


    John Clare, a master poet could have decribed Nature more in detail than through a perfunctory few words.I won't sing praise for this poem and at the ame time, I won't disown it.Well done John!
    Manohar Bhatia.
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    Stephen W (9/12/2014 9:10:00 AM)

    Well done indeed! I'm sure you'll improve with more practice: -)

  • (3/13/2013 12:04:00 PM)


    well done! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Clare This poem gives me a sense of appreciation towards nature :) (Report) Reply

  • Jide Pounds Ibitoye (9/12/2012 1:23:00 PM)


    this poem adds life to nature, so little in lines, so vast in expression.. (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2012 2:48:00 AM)


    there's a mistake - 'Its birth was heaven, eternal IS its stay' (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2012 2:47:00 AM)


    there's a mistake - 'Its birth was heaven, eternal IS its stay' (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2011 3:56:00 PM)


    A well written poem is in the eyes of the reader... well done: -) (Report) Reply

  • (9/14/2010 8:18:00 AM)


    This is not one of Clare's best poems. He is much better when describing nature in detail rather than trying to be Wordsworthian and philosophizing. Some of these descriptions, like 'Little Trotty Wagtail', for example are delightful, humorous and exact. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (9/12/2010 2:23:00 AM)


    His praise of Nature is really overwhelming the heart! (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2009 5:17:00 PM)


    The beauty of nature, its glory untold.
    Its birth and death, goes on and on.
    Unending life, not just like man.

    Thanks John, you brought the work of nature into my life tonight.
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2009 2:06:00 PM)


    Anyone recognize this gem?

    our years seem darkened to a church for you
    in which your face alone shines through
    the air is thick with the remembered scent of you

    Is it 'flowery, cloudy (sic) nonsense'?
    (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (9/12/2009 7:25:00 AM)


    Flowery, cloudy, nonsense. Clare can do much better. (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2009 6:58:00 AM)


    CLARA - seems to be hearing things of truths and reality's in the wilds of life. Telling of gentle things surrounding our reality. {{ Surely a vintage poem }} (Report) Reply

  • (10/26/2008 3:59:00 AM)


    I don't just like the message, i love the entire composition. The meaning is like a summer morning, the lines flow like tide and it stays like blood in my vein. (Report) Reply

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