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I Am

I Am


by John Clare

I Am Summary

In the first part of the poem speaker tells us that nobody cares about him anymore and that his friends have abandoned him. He suffers his woes alone; he is like "vapours" tossed into some noisy, place full of waking dreams that looks like some gnarly "shipwreck" (10). Crazy! This is all too much for the speaker, and he decides he wants to go somewhere where no man has ever gone (no, this isn't a reference to Star Trek). He says he wants to hang with God, so this is probably Heaven. Clearly he wants to die. Sad.

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