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A Reading Of "The Flood",
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This review is from: Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Clare, who spent the last 22 years of his life in a madhouse (where he also wrote his best poetry) is a difficult poet to review, still more difficult to read aloud. He deep, inner numinous connexion with the natural, as conveyed throughout this excellent Oxford edition of his works, reminds one of nothing so much as Van Gogh's letters to brother Theo - and also his truly tortured sense of loneness and alienation from mankind.
Reading one of his powerful, majestically tortured madhouse poems would be akin to attempting to paint like Van Gogh at his best. It's just not on unless one is either a madman or a genius, titles to which I'm unable to lay claim.
"The Flood" is an account of a an actual flood witnessed by Clare, but also an account of the flood roiling within him, a presentiment of what he knew was to engulf him. I have chanced a reading of it, as it seemed the most powerful poem within my grasp to capture in the reciting it the shatttered poet's perturbed sensibility and bewildered state of mind.
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Initial post: Apr 11, 2009 8:59:56 AM PDT
Chattan Gordon says:
Good reading; excellent intro. -K
Posted on Aug 19, 2009 11:18:51 PM PDT
Thank you for this fascinating introduction to Clare. I've just ordered the Oxford edition of his poems. You really should do more videos.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2009 8:08:47 AM PDT
Daniel Myers says:
Thank you once again tepi! Perhaps I should do more videos. But I have a fear of relying on them overmuch, lest I abandon the written word. So, I have confined them to poetry readings, for the time being.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2009 8:23:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2009 6:58:04 AM PDT
Yes, I take your point, though I don't think an occasional video on some poem that has taken your fancy would be amiss.
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