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Clare, John - I love to see these chimney sweeps sail by

Identifier

000125

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

 This poem can be read as a gentle simple straightforward poem about crows or the symbolism can be added. The reference to croaking joy is an allusion to ecstasy

Painting by John Atkinson Grimshaw

 

A description of the experience

John Clare– from the Everyman's poetry collection

I love to see these chimney sweeps sail by
And hear them o'er the gnarled forest croak
Then sosh* askew from the hid woodman's stroke
That in the woods their daily labours ply.
I love the sooty crow, nor would provoke
Its March day exercise of croaking joy;
I love to see it sailing to and fro
While field and woods and waters spread below 

* Plunge suddenly

The source of the experience

Clare, John

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Water

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Manic depression

Commonsteps

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