My wholehearted thanks to Caryle Ramsdale, Elaine George, Carol Brown, John Heck, Karen O'leary, Sharon Weimer, Vince Suzadail, Jr, Peggy Bertrand and others who took their precious time to read my poem "Rocking the Chair." I am overly elated by your encouragements and support. Thank you, Thank you. May God bless you all.
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John Clare was an English poet, born the son of a farm laborer who came to be known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption. His poetry underwent a major re-evaluation in the late 20th century and he is often now considered to be among the most important 19th-century poets. His biographer Jonathan Bate states that Clare was "the greatest laboring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self". English poet
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