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Field Mouse’s Nest by John Clare

John Clare

Field Mouse’s Nest by John Clare

John Clare (1793 – 1864) was an English poet who became known for his celebratory representations of life in the English countryside and his regret at the disruption and destruction of it.

‘Field Mouse’s Nest’ is a poem which explores a country idyll and what happens when this is disturbed. At a time when the world and England specifically, was undergoing great changes Clare’s verse celebrates living creatures and the natural world whilst placing the voice as the figure of disturbance to the natural world. If we consider the theme this month, ‘Mouse’s Nest’ can be seen to explore ideas about our fragile natural world and the Earth more broadly speaking.

Field Mouse's Nest by John Clare - read by Paul Farley