John Clare

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

First Love


I ne'er was struck before that hour
With love so sudden and so sweet,
Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
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  • Rookie E T (2/15/2008 7:04:00 AM)

    I'm studying this for GCSE, it's a good poem, but my groovy english teacher reckons that the 4th line in the 3rd stanza should be:

    'And love's appeal to know'

    instead of 'not love's appeals to know'

    to be fair i don't know, but he's clever, and it makes more sense, as though both of them can speak their own language and understand each other perfectly. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie purple moon (7/5/2007 10:17:00 AM)

    An absolute classic! i love it. I first became aware of this poem when years ago i saw it in a magazine with a porcelaine figure of a young woman in a ball gown standing beside it! the figurine was for sale to anyone who wished to buy it and it was inspired by this poem which i thought one of the most beautiful and touching that i had ever read. I hope she was worthy of this beautiful piece john, if your listening up there! well done.x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Purushothamarao Ravela (6/15/2007 7:31:00 PM)

    Love is an universal subject that thrills every living orgasm on earth.
    it lights up candles of brightness even in pitch of darkness
    Mr. John Clare poem on First love is exciting and exhilarating too.
    love never wails only lovers do
    Good poem streaming sweet and cool into the chords
    purush (Report) Reply

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