I Am! – John Clare (Powerful Life Poetry)

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John Clare was an English poet who lived most of his life in abject poverty.

His life was marred by bouts of mania and depression, and for the final 23 years of his life, Clare was locked in an insane asylum.

It was here he began to write poetry; ‘I Am’ was Clare’s final elegy before his passing.

Full Poem:

I am – yet what I am none cares or knows;
My friends forsake me like a memory lost:
I am the self-consumer of my woes —
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes
And yet I am, and live—like vapours tossed

Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life or joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems;
Even the dearest that I loved the best
Are strange—nay, rather, stranger than the rest.

I long for scenes where man hath never trod
A place where woman never smiled or wept
There to abide with my Creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept,
Untroubling and untroubled where I lie
The grass below—above the vaulted sky.

#depression #poem

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21 Comments

  1. Dear person that’s reading this, we may not know each others but I wish you all the best in life!✨ Stop blaming yourself, accept things and go forward. Your smile is precious 🥰 all the keys of happiness is in your hands, so open it up 🔓

    *I believe in you, Love from a small YouTuber!* 🖤…

    • @mr w You do realise that these types of comments are just copy and pasted on to videos like this for the likes, right? Hell, it might even be a bot posting it.

  2. Yet another masterpiece by RF. The best part of my day is spent in hearing and reading these Poetry. Take a bow, RF♥️

  3. Be like a waterfall in generosity and help! Be like the sun in compassion and mercy! Be like the night to cover the shortcomings of others! Be like dead in nervousness and anger! Be as in simplicity and humility! Be like the sea in understanding! Either look the way you are, or be the way you look!

  4. “He could not die when
    the trees were green,
    For he loved the time too well.”
    – John Clare.

  5. Sometimes you just need to bow your head, say a prayer and weather the storm.

  6. “Throw not my words away,
    As so many do; they’re
    Gold in value, though
    They’re cheap to you.”
    – John Clare.

  7. “How oft a summer shower
    Has started me; to seek
    The shelter of a hollow tree.”
    – John Clare.

  8. “If life had a second edition,
    How I would correct the proofs.”
    – John Clare.

  9. “Love lives with Nature,
    Not with lust.
    Go find her in the flowers.”
    – John Clare.

  10. “I ne’er was struck before
    That hour with love so sudden
    And so sweet. Her face
    It bloomed like a sweet flower
    And stole my heart
    Away complete.”
    – John Clare.

  11. Another beautiful one. A small moment where I can have to myself, and just listen with peace ❣️ Thank you.

  12. Thank you very much Red Frost for creating this beautiful video,
    featuring one of my favourite
    poets.

  13. Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.

    — Benjamin Disraeli

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