The Shepherds Calendar

The poem provides a calendar of the country year, in which the various tasks performed by the farm labourer take their place: ploughing in February, lambing in March, and hay-making in June. 
The countryman's year is also punctuated by celebrations and festivals, such as May Day games, sheep-shearing feasts, Harvest Home, and Christmas. Rooted in popular culture, the poem has many vivid descriptions of the flowers, birds, and beasts of the hedgerow and field. 
This reissue, first published in 1964 and in a second edition in 1993, is published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of John Clare's death. It includes charming wood engravings by David Gentleman.

 

 

• The only hardback edition of John Clare's masterpiece, in an attractive gift edition with ribbon marker.
• Published to mark the 150th anniversary of John Clare's death.
• John Clare's great poem of the farming year is a fascinating piece of social history which will appeal to all lovers of the English countryside.
• This edition is charmingly illustrated with wood engravings by David Gentleman
Edited by Eric Robinson, David Powell, and Geoffrey Summerfield
168 pages 13 wood engravings
£12.99 plus postage and packing.