John Clare

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

First Love - Poem by John Clare

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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Comments about First Love by John Clare

  • (6/15/2010 4:32:00 AM)


    Anyone an idea what means ' as chords do from string. I live in Belgium and so my motherlanguage is dutch. (Report) Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (6/15/2010 2:19:00 AM)


    The first effect of sudden love sweet and beautiful is well depicted in this poem! Nice indeed to read! (Report) Reply

  • (6/26/2009 4:36:00 PM)


    i have written a poem that mixes this poem with a more modern vocabulary, yet the problem is that it no longer has that old fashion romance to it which is very effective in poems.

    'This all happened within an hour,
    and flowed with love so sweet.
    Her face bloomed like a sweet flower,
    which stole my heart away complete.

    Yet my face turned pale, a lifeless pale,
    my legs refused to walk away.
    This girl was like a fairy tale,
    I cant describe her any other way.

    But then my blood rushed to my face,
    and stripped my sight from my eyes.
    Yet the pain and suffering in this place,
    had started to slowly die.

    I could not see a single thing,
    but at this time so much did start.
    My mind became as thin as string,
    that was wrapped around my heart.

    Could I be this girl's choice?
    Could I make her mine?
    Then as I heard her voice,
    I saw her smile shine.

    I've never seen such a pretty face,
    its a face so rich, not poor.
    My heart has left its dwelling place,
    and can return no more.'

    i know most poets would speak down to me and tell me not to steal other poems and try to make them my own, but i did not steal it i dont take credit for this poem, i just mixed it with my personality..so tell me what you think
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    Gary Sturt Gary Sturt (10/22/2016 2:45:00 PM)

    I enjoyed your poem. Thanks

  • (6/15/2009 10:43:00 AM)


    I loved this poem. It reminds me a lot about someone i fell in love with a long time ago and still am in love with today. you have such good technique. a poem well written.
    I would like to give you a hug right about now.you have a beautiful heart for a man, and i haven't found that in many.
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  • (6/15/2009 5:15:00 AM)


    I wanna be in love after reading this lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • (6/15/2008 12:19:00 PM)


    that was an absolutely wonderful and touching piece. (Report) Reply

  • (6/15/2008 4:08:00 AM)


    I first came across John Clare through a literary group I belonged to. He is now a favourite of mine - an uneducated man writing beautiful, from the heart poetry. After his first book was published, he was plagued by rejection - so it was not only in love, he was spurned. All his feelings pour out of this poem - never afraid to bare his soul - yet it remains a poem of beauty. John Clare was a misunderstood man - poetry was his escape. (Report) Reply

  • (3/10/2008 12:41:00 AM)


    It doesn't get any better than this. (Report) Reply

  • (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.
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  • (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

  • (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
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  • (9/13/2006 1:20:00 AM)


    words cnt describe beauty of this poem.... (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (12/25/2005 3:06:00 AM)


    wow, this is great description!
    My heart has left its dwelling-place
    And can return no more
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