Love, by John Clare

Kate Greenaway - Valentine
Kate Greenaway – Valentine (1879) – from Wikimedia Commons

Love for young girls was at the heart of John Clare’s life and poetry. The following well-known poem, where the word ‘timid’ appears 4 times, illustrates his shy and restrained view of romantic relationships: “True love, it is no daring bird, / But like the little timid wren.” CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…