The Poet in Love

This is the second volume in the Clare poetry series. This is a high quality, limited edition book published by the John Clare Cottage Press, edited by Roger Rowe and illustrated by Anne Lee.

Exploring their courtship from 1818 to 1820 in Clare's verse, including several poems never before seen outside the Clarendon Editions, and one or two entirely unpublished in any form.  The story of John and Patty's courtship is not very well known, as many of the poems Clare wrote describing their intimate relationships over these two crucial years in both their lives were judged by Taylor and Hessey to be too explicit for publication.  

The book includes a 'Foreword' by Ronald Blythe and an 'Afterword' by Eric Robinson

Copies of the book can be ordered from Roger Rowe at