Three pieces of advice... by Clare

A Ploughmans skill at Classification after the Lineian arrangement
‘Go wipe your shoes’ says mistress shrew
To Hodge who up for's dinner drew
‘'Tis'n't fitting that such hogs as you
‘Shou'd come into a house’
‘Why not’ says hodge—‘if thats the case
‘I cant come in a better place
‘For surely there is no disgrace
For hogs to herd wi' Sows

Friend take my advice...
Friend take my advice would you do yourself good,
& get your house custom & peace?
Take down from that doorpost the billet of Wood
& hang up your Wife in its place.

A Simile
A mushroom, its goodness but shortly endures
Decaying as soon as its peeping —
Woman much like them — for its known very Well
That they seldom get better by keeping.
The Early Poems of John Clare 1804-1822,
ed. Eric Robinson, David Powell and Margaret Grainger
(Oxford, 2 volumes, I-II, 1989) 

1 comment:

aliqot said...

So there we have it - he was a bit of a misogynist on the sly! Of his time, no doubt.

Enjoying looking at this - I was out walking in the Helpston area yesterday.