The Lament Of Swordy Well

Poet Paul Farley celebrates the work of John Clare through his landmark poem The Lament of Swordy Well, written in the 1830s before Clare was committed to an asylum. Swordy Well, a tract of limestone heath near Clare's home in Northamptonshire, is both the subject and the narrator of the piece. The site, now Swaddywell, is one of scientific interest, and has been preserved for its wildlife and habitat after decades of abuse

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