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I Am

I Am


by John Clare

I Am Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Is it at all unsettling that Clare couches a terribly sad subject into such beautiful poetry? Why do you think so?
  2. What is the effect of changing the rhyme scheme after the first stanza? What is the effect of the three stanza's structure? Why do you think so?
  3. Can you tell by reading this poem that it was written by someone who wasn't super-duper-educated? How do you know? 
  4. Do you really think an insane person could write this poem? Why or why not?

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