Famous People from the Cambridgeshire

Clare, John (1793-1864)

Poet, born in Helpston, Cambridgeshire. Though almost without schooling, he began to cultivate verse writing, and his Poems Descriptive of Rural Life (1820) had a good reception. Despite some patronage, he was forced to live in poverty, and spent the last 23 years of his life in an asylum at Northampton, where he wrote some of his best poetry.

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