by John Clare
I Am Resources
Clare's page at poet's graves also includes a short bio.
Sheesh, we had no idea the history of "I Am" was this complicated.
Well, they're supposedly all here. We're not so sure though.
Here's the website for the John Clare Cottage, Clare's home for many years.
Here's the website for the John Clare Society.
Wait wasn't this dude in Star Trek: The Next Generation?
Well, maybe this is what it would have looked like if they had video back then.
We think the candle is a nice touch!
The emo-factor is off the charts here!
The great Christopher Ricks, professor and critic, reads "I Am."
Ah, a nice British voice reading the poem. That's as it should be. Rafe Spall is the star of a hilarious British sitcom: Pete vs. Life. Here he is being much more serious.
Check out a famous painting of Clare.
Here's a drawing of Clare as an old man.
Here's a drawing of High Beech Private Asylum, where Clare was resident from 1837 to 1841, when he escaped.
This is where Clare lived for the last twenty three years of his life (now called St. Andrew's Hospital) as it looked in the nineteenth century. Hey we wouldn't mind living here!
Articles & Interviews
Poet Robert Pinsky briefly discusses Clare and "I Am" on Slate.com
Read an article from the Village Tribune, a magazine produced by and for the modern inhabitants of the villages where Clare lived, that summarizes his life and importance.
This is the best contemporary biography of John Clare, by Jonathan Bate.
Google books link to Frederick Martin's Life of John Clare, published in 1865. An important work, but it's also full of many false claims.