John Clare

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

The Old Year

Poem by John Clare

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 by none.

All nothing everywhere:
Mists we on mornings see
Have more of 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.

Comments about The Old Year by John Clare

  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (12/30/2015 10:14:00 AM)

    Wouldn't it be nice if this were really true? As soon as the new year begins, all of our mistakes from the previous year would be erased and we could just start over?
    An encouraging poem nevertheless.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (12/30/2015 9:43:00 AM)

    The eve of New Years Day
    Left the Old Year lost to all.
    Very decent poem with precious message that a past is always lost. Enjoyed the poem. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Babatunde AremuBabatunde Aremu (12/30/2015 7:19:00 AM)

    This is a great poem. The old year is indeed lost but is memory is fresh(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/30/2015 5:35:00 AM)

    Nice work with the muse of the year gone by.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (12/30/2015 1:09:00 AM)

    In my personal experience the events of one year linger on into the next and the next, sometimes it is the tragic events, sometimes even seemingly trivial events can reverberate down the years of a person's life(Report)Reply

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  • Diane KordasDiane Kordas (12/30/2015 1:07:00 AM)

    Stunning poem. Very touching...(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (12/30/2015 12:54:00 AM)

    Everyone's attention is on Nature now!
    2004 Tsunami, harbour wave incidence
    Everyone remembers on 26th December!

    Then 2011 Thane storm no one can forget;
    Storms raging over oceans have attacked
    Indian Southern coasts along Bay of Bengal!

    All those natural disasters had happened
    At the end of December and whenever year
    Comes to an end we all talk about that....!

    This cloud bursting rains have lashed
    All places of South-East India very much
    Due to climatic changes happening now!

    Pollution leading to global warming is the cause
    Behind Climate Change that needs to be stopped!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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